Fact Checking

These links are organized into 3 sections.

1-True or False
2- Political Facts & Claims
3- Fact Checking Tools and Guides.

True or False?

Sites that investigate claims, rumors, factoids, urban legends, fake news & hoaxes, arranged in alphabetical order.

Tracks internet rumors in real time, and when possible adds a true or false label.  Part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Hoax Slayer
Scams, rumors and hoaxes spread by email and social media are debunked here. This site is run by Brett Christensen who was the victim of a hoax before dedicating his life to preventing them.

Specializing in internet rumors and urban legends, this site checks all sorts of claims and is run by modern folklore experts Barbara and David P. Mikkelson.

Truth or Fiction 
This site looks for outrageous claims, rumors, and hoaxes.  Founded by Rich Buhler, a Christian Radio pioneer, the site is considered unbiased.

Political Facts & Claims

FactCheck.org  is a nonprofit, non-partisan website that 'aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics,' and is run by the Annenburg Public Policy Center.

Reporters and editors from the Tampa Bay Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on a "Truth-O-Meter."

Fact Checking Tools & Guides

All Sides Media Bias Ratings
Is your favorite news source biased? This site rates media for left-right bias.

B.S. Detector 
A browser plug-in that you can add to Chrome or Firefox.  It searches the links on a given web page for references to unreliable sources and provides a warning when the site is suspect.

Botcheck Me 
Type in a Twitter handle and this site will tell you how likely it is that the tweeter is a robot.  It's also available as a Chrome extension.  You must sign in to Twitter to use it.

Check a Website's Claims
Here's an example of a fake news website, with notes about how to tell it's fake.  Click the other tabs above to get more information and practice checking facts on other sites.  From Indiana University East.

Crash Course in Fact Checking
From the web security firm Kaspersky, here's a quick and very practical guide to the basics.  Some links are old in this article, but the tricks of the trade here are solid.

First Draft 
Learn to judge whether a video or photo is real and was taken by the person who claims to be an eye-witness. This site teaches the first steps for using your head to verify photos or videos.

Watch this site's tutorial & learn how to use this tool to check where misleading tweets and Facebook rumors come from.

Image Edited
This tool can usually tell you if an image has been digitally edited or is an original photo.

Savvy Info Consumers
Guides for checking facts from the University of Washington.