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ENG090: Misinformation and Fake News (Anderson): Fact Checking Websites

Fact Checking Sites

Truth O Meter

The amount of misinformation that is spread on the web is staggering. It is spread mainly via Websites, Social Networks, and Email. The Hot Topics for such misinformation are Politics, Government Policies, Religion and various Scams and Hoaxes.

Some websites have taken up the task of spreading awareness against rumors by presenting evidence and hard facts. Let’s look at some of the best sites that help us distinguish between the truth and rumors.

Fact Checking Sites

Liberal or Conservative?

Fake News in the Real News

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Steps to fact check

1. Check for previous fact-checking: Check the  fact checking sites to see if an online article or claim has already been debunked

2. Go upstream to the original source: Websites rarely contain original content. To determine the trustworthiness of information found online, try to find the original source of information.

3. Read laterally: Once you've found the original source of information, see what other people say about the author or publication. Do they have a good reputation? 

4. Circle back: If you get stuck or find the claim is not trustworthy, start a new search using different keywords to find a different source and start the fact-checking process again. 

To learn more, read Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers