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If you’ve been reading Misinfo Monday, you know that misinformation and disinformation is often written to manipulate your emotions. That’s because you’re far more likely to share and spread content that elicits a strong response.
So, you’ve just seen a story online or in a group chat that made you feel angry, sad or surprised and you want to see if it’s true before you share it? Good call. But where should you look? Here are some free sites that do the fact-checking for you.
Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for U.S. voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
Snopes is the original fact-checking website. Started in 1994 to investigate urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore, it now covers just about every kind of misinformation, and provides evidence-based and contextualized analysis.
Fact Check Explorer from Google allows you to easily browse and search for fact checks. It aims to facilitate the work of fact checkers, journalists and researchers. Note that Google does not endorse or create any of these fact checks.
Useful for: Well written fact-checks about important UK and global news topics
Note that while fact checking sites are an important tool in protecting yourself online, it's wise to do a bit of due diligence, especially on lesser-known sites. For example, who's funding them? Do they have any political affiliations or leanings? Do they fundamentally ascribe to a certain world view? All of these things may impact how they fact check.
Want to share a fact checking site with us? Leave it in the comments below.