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Why should you care about whether or not your news is real or fake?
- You deserve the truth. You are smart enough to make up your own mind - as long as you have the real facts in front of you. You have every right to be insulted when you read fake news.
- Fake news can hurt you, and a lot of other people. Purveyors of fake medical advice like Mercola.com and NaturalNews.com help perpetuate myths like HIV and AIDS aren't related, or that vaccines cause autism. These sites are heavily visited and their lies are dangerous.
- Real news can benefit you. If you are writing a research paper, your professor will expect you to vet your sources. If you are planning on voting in an election, you want to read as much good information on a candidate so you can vote for the person who best represents your ideas and beliefs. Fake news will not help you get a good grade or make the world a better place, but real news can.
Cohn, S. (2017). Real news vs. fake news. Retrieved from https://libguides.pace.edu/fakenews
Check that Image or Video
This tool analyzes photos to identify parts of an image that have been changed. Either upload the photo or enter a URL.
This image search from Google shows you when an image first appeared on the internet and everywhere you can find it. Either upload an image or enter a URL.
InVid Verification Plugin
A plugin to debunk fake news and verify images and videos
Jeffrey's Exif Viewer
This search gives you all of the information attached to a photo: the location, the date and time taken, etc. so that you can verify the details presented.
RevEye Reverse Image Search
A Chrome plugin that will do a reverse image search on multiple search engines.
SurfSafe Browser Extension
A Chrome Extension to identify images that have been faked by hovering over them.
Find when this image was first posted and where else it's posted. Either upload an image or enter a URL.
Tracker Video Analysis
Free video analysis and modeling tool that can be downloaded and installed to check on the trajectories in videos to find out whether the movement in the video was real or faked.
Russian search engine that can be used for reverse image search.
YouTube Data Viewer
From Amnesty International, this search tool will find all associated thumbnail images to see if there are multiple versions of the video and find the earliest upload which is most likely the original.
Check the Facts
General fact checking and hoax debunking:
Covers email and social media hoaxes as well as internet scams.
"Hoaxy visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online." Use it "to explore how claims spread across social media."
Part of FactCheck.org, this section focuses on false and misleading scientific claims.
The oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet.
Washington Post Fact Checker
The Washington Post seeks "to explain difficult issues, provide missing context and provide analysis and explanation of various “code words” used by politicians, diplomats and others to obscure or shade the truth."
A search engine that focuses on statistics and computational data, it can be used to check weather at different locations and times so that the freak snowstorm that was reported can be verified.
From the Annenberg Public Policy Center, FactCheck.org is “a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news release”
Created by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit organization, this site tracks money "in U.S. politics and its effects on elections and public policy."
Politifact is a division of the Tampa Bay Times. Politifact “fact-checks statements from the White House, Congress, candidates, advocacy groups and more, rating claims for accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter. “ They link to all their sources.
"Data-driven portrait of the American population, our government's finances and impact on society."