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Identifying "Fake News" on the Internet

Started by jdaniele, December 10, 2020, 11:27:58 AM

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Identifying "Fake News" on the internet can be frustrating. Best practices can be to first focused on how to know what is definitely real source. On the internet some websites can ONLY be registered by a Government or a registered educational institution. Look for domain names that end in .GOV or .EDU because those can be traced back to a verified source. There are .COM domains that are trusted sources but to verify them you would need to see it advertised by the publisher by either TV, radio, or another known trusted website.

Sites that can help you confirm a news story...aside from Google.
AP Fact Check (https://apnews.com/APFactCheck)
-Fact-checked current news stories from the Associate Press (AP), one of the oldest news organizations in the United States.
FactCheck.org (https://www.factcheck.org/)
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, speeches, interviews, and press releases.
Hoaxy (https://hoaxy.iuni.iu.edu/)
-Hoaxy® visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online. A claim may be a fake news article, hoax, rumor, conspiracy theory, satire, or even an accurate report. Track's the social sharing of links to stories published by two types of websites: (1) Independent fact-checking organizations, such as snopes.com, politifact.com, and factcheck.org, that routinely fact check unverified claims. (2) Sources that often publish inaccurate, unverified, or satirical claims according to lists compiled and published by reputable news and fact-checking organizations.
OpenSecrets.org (https://www.opensecrets.org/)
-Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Politifact.com (https://www.politifact.com/)
-PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
Pundifact (https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/)
-Part of Politifact, features statements by politicians and other experts in the press.
SciCheck.org (https://www.factcheck.org/scicheck/)
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.
Snopes.com (https://www.snopes.com/)
-Award-winning fact-checking site. The snopes.com website was founded by David Mikkelson in 1995, and has grown into what is widely regarded by folklorists, journalists, and laypersons alike as one of the World Wide Web's essential resources.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein


"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein


Here is an article which breaks it down by the numbers. It seems opinions are used when it comes to parts of the placement of media outlets but the ratio of the opinions are evenly split.

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein