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Fact Checking the News: DIY: Fact Checking Social Media

Trace the Spread of a Claim on Social Media

Hoax-Slayer - Fact checks email and social media hoaxes, scams and identity theft.

Hoaxy: ( Indiana University's Center for Complex Networks and System Research).  Creates visuals that document the spread over time of articles, hoaxes, rumors, conspiracy theory, satire, as well as factual reports and fact checking articles. Includes account names and original tweets/retweets, as well as links to the original article.  Watch a How It Works tutorial.

Fact Checking Twitter Tweets and Accounts

Tips for spotting fake tweets and tweeters, from the Poynter Institute,

  • No information in bio
  • Very uneven number of tweets, following and followers
  • Every tweet is a retweet
  • Tweets are nonsensical, not topical
  • Twitter name looks nothing like display name
  • Famous person “unverified”
  • Egg photo or fake photo

Trust Indicators - Upcoming Developments in News Fact Checking

On November 16, 2017, Facebook, Google, and Twitter announced a plan to team up with The Trust Project to display a 'trust indicators' icon on news stories. Clicking on the icon will produce a pop-up window where the news source identifies how meets 8 core standards established by The Trust Project.: (These responses are verified by The Trust Project.)

  • Best Practices: What are your standards? Who funds the news outlet? What is the outlet’s mission? Plus commitments to ethics, diverse voices, accuracy, making corrections and other standards.
  • Author/Reporter Expertise: Who made this? Details about the journalist, including their expertise and other stories they have worked on.
  • Type of Work: What is this? Labels to distinguish opinion, analysis and advertiser (or sponsored) content from news reports.
  • Citations and References: For investigative or in-depth stories, access to the sources behind the facts and assertions.
  • Methods: Also for in-depth stories, information about why reporters chose to pursue a story and how they went about the process.
  • Locally Sourced? Lets you know when the story has local origin or expertise. Was the reporting done on the scene, with deep knowledge about the local situation or community?
  • Diverse Voices: A newsroom’s efforts and commitment to bringing in diverse perspectives.  Readers noticed when certain voices, ethnicities, or political persuasions were missing.
  • Actionable Feedback: A newsroom’s efforts to engage the public’s help in setting coverage priorities, contributing to the reporting process, ensuring accuracy and other areas. Readers want to participate and provide feedback that might alter or expand a story.