In a world of misinformation discerning true from false is especially critical for journalists. Below are 5 of the best websites to use to check if something is true or false.
- FactCheck.org: This website is run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and focuses on checking the accuracy of political statements and claims. They have a team of experienced journalists who fact-check statements made by politicians and other public figures.
- Snopes.com: This website is one of the oldest and most well-known fact-checking websites. They cover a wide range of topics, including urban legends, conspiracy theories, and misinformation. They have a team of researchers and fact-checkers who work to verify the accuracy of information.
- PolitiFact.com: This website is run by the Tampa Bay Times and focuses on fact-checking statements made by politicians. They use a “Truth-O-Meter” rating system to rate the accuracy of statements on a scale from “True” to “Pants on Fire.”
- EUFactCheck.eu: This website is run by the European Journalism Centre and focuses on fact-checking statements made by politicians and other public figures in the European Union. They have a team of experienced fact-checkers who work to verify the accuracy of information.
- AfricaCheck.org: In Africa, we have AfricaCheck.org which is an independent and non-partisan fact-checking organisation. They have been verified as accurate by the IFCN Code of Principles.
All of the above websites have a good reputation and are considered reliable sources for fact-checking information. They use a rigorous process of research and verification to ensure that their fact-checks are accurate and unbiased. It is important to use multiple sources to fact-check information and to be aware of any biases of the website or organisation that runs it.
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