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Here are five resources where you can check the facts and a few more that specialize in checking facts on internet rumors.
Perhaps the most recognized (and awarded after it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009) of the fact-checking sites, this one has the “Truth-O-Meter,” which ranks a claim as: True, Mostly True, False and the notorious Pants on Fire. It can be found at politifact.com.
This project was started in 2003 as a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. It mainly deals with claims made in the political arena.
Washington Post’s Fact Checker
This is a blog that looks at claims made by politicians, political organizations and, sometimes, the media itself.
It was originally started to dispel urban legends touted in chat rooms long before social media. Now, it’s often used to beat back the most bizarre claims and outlandish memes. A couple more sites like Snopes that try to debunk internet rumors are Truth or Fiction and Hoax Slayer.
NPR Fact Checker
This site deals with mostly political statements. Sometimes, a short audio clip will explain the fact check.
A couple sites that “specialize” in certain areas:
It’s a part of FactCheck.org. It specializes in helping to determine if a claim is spreading false information. Often, it’s a question someone asks the site regarding something they saw on the internet, followed by an answer.
This site deals with false claims in advertising, science and healthcare messages.
It’s part of the Center for Responsive Politics. It tracks campaign spending and money spent on lobbying.
This site uses public data to help bring more transparency to reporting.
Media Bias/Fact Check
This site is a bias meter of the fact checkers. It actually focuses on the bias level on reporting and fact checking sites.
Some sites that help promote news literacy:
News Literacy Project
It was founded a decade ago by a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. This site is dedicated to checking facts, but it has also become the go-to source for educators and those wanting to learn about what resources are needed to find a credible source and, also, to just get a good idea of how journalism works.
An organization that has been around for more than 40 years, Poynter has a mission of making journalism better and helping the public better understand what journalists do. Its digital literacy initiative MedicaWise is a tool that includes training on how to tell what is factual and worth your time.