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9 November, 2023

Don’t Fall For DISINFORMATION: Check The Facts With These 8 Free Tools

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Don't fall for DISINFORMATION with these 8 free fact-checking tools

Use these 8 free fact checking sites to avoid getting duped by disinformation.

In a confusing world flooded with misinformation, rely on the experts to avoid being misled. Here are eight of the best fact-checking websites along with a guide you can use to determine whether a news story is accurate.
Atlantic Council - Digital Forensics Lab
BBC Verify

The Trust Project

Use the Trust Project Indicators to decide whether you should trust and you share it.
The Trust Indicators: The eight Trust Indicators handout
En Español: Los 8 Indicadores de Confianza

8 Fact Checking Sites

Do not fall for disinformation. Check the facts with these 8 free fact-checking tools

Ask yourself: WHO? WHY? WHAT?

THE AUTHOR: Who wrote it?
We receive news from other people – we are rarely there to see events in the news for ourselves. So we rely on the journalist to give us accurate information about what happened. It is important for the journalist to base what they say on solid evidence, careful reporting and strict standards.
Ask: Who made this? Do they have a good professional reputation? Are they reporting on an area they normally focus on?

THE PURPOSE: What is the purpose of the content? Inform or inflame?
What's the purpose? Why this was written? Is it affected by bias. For example, if it is an advertisement, or if it was paid for by someone trying to communicate a particular message, then it is supposed to persuade us to have a certain opinion. If it’s journalism, it’s meant to help us develop our own opinions.
Ask: Why has this been created? 

THE SOURCE: Check the the sources that the author is using to create the content.
When a journalist is writing a news story, they might use information from lots of places, such as people’s personal accounts of what happened or official reports. The places where a journalist gets their information are called sources. When a journalist shows their sources, we can check for ourselves whether they are reliable and accurate.
Ask:  What’s the source? For investigative, in-depth, or controversial stories, do we have access to the sources behind the claims? Can you find another source to back up what is being said? - Trust Indicators

Don't fall for disinformation. Check the facts with these eight free resources.

The Fog of War: Navigating Disinformation Now

Social media has been inundated with disinformation about the Israel-Hamas war — from a flood of graphic visual content, to unsubstantiated claims and opportunistic content generation (and monetization) by third parties to this conflict.

To make sense of this fog of war and unpack how we got here – and how we might seek clarity in a moment fogged by intense emotion, unfolding information and immense complexity. Kara Swisher and Nayeema Raza brings together a reporter, a researcher and a former Facebook/Meta insider in this wonderful ON WITH KARA SWISHER podcast.
Shayan Sardarizadeh is a senior disinformation journalist with the BBC,
Renée DiResta is a research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory
Katie Harbath spent 10 years as the public policy director at Facebook


Together, the podcast unpacks how we got here – and how we might seek clarity in a moment fogged by intense emotion, unfolding information and immense complexity.

TakeAway: Don't fall for disinformation. Check the facts with trustworthy resources.

DISCLAIMER: ALTHOUGH THE DATA FOUND IN THIS BLOG AND INFOGRAPHIC HAS BEEN PRODUCED AND PROCESSED FROM SOURCES BELIEVED TO BE RELIABLE, NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED CAN BE MADE REGARDING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, LEGALITY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY SUCH INFORMATION. THIS DISCLAIMER APPLIES TO ANY USES OF THE INFORMATION WHETHER ISOLATED OR AGGREGATE USES THEREOF.

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