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Tools for Verifying News
FactCheck.org fact-checks claims made by presidents, members of Congress, presidential candidates, and other members of the political arena by reviewing TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
PolitiFact: Fact-checking US politics
Politifact fact-checks claims by politicians at the federal, state, and local level, as well as political parties, PACs, and advocacy groups and ates the accuracy of these claims on its Truth-O-Meter.
Snopes.com was originally founded to uncover rumors that had begun cropping up in chain emails and message boards and is now highly regarded for its fact-checking.
Verification Handbook: An ultimate guideline on digital age sourcing
Handbook is a step by step guide for verifying digital content initially created for reporters and emergency responders.
Verify Webpage History
Web archive that captures websites over time and can be used to verify content history and edits.
Found an image you think may have been manipulated or photo-shopped? Use these tools to check for any digital changes:
Identify parts of an image that may have been modified or “photoshopped”.
Google Reverse Image Search
Upload or use a URL image to check the content history or to see similar images on the web.
Google Street View
Identifying the location of a suspicious photo or video is a crucial part of the verification process.
Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer
Upload or enter the URL of an image and view its metadata.
TinEye Reverse Image Search
Upload or enter an image URL to the search bar and see a list of related sites. Has plug-ins for your browser.
Crowd-sourced version of Google Maps, featuring additional information.
Want more tools? Check out the Verification Handbook's List of Tools
One of the hardest things to watch out for when identifying fake news is our own biases. Fake news is not news you disagree with and just because you don't like what you read, doesn't mean it's wrong. When evaluating news, watch out for confirmation bias - your subconscious tendency to seek and believe things that agree with your already existing beliefs and ideas.
Bias can be tricky to identify, even within ourselves. This is because most bias is implicit, or subconscious - meaning we may have biases that we don't even realize we have! One way to test your biases is to take one (or all) of Harvard's 14 Implicit Association Tests.