List of fact-checking websites

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This list of fact-checking websites includes websites that provide fact-checking services about both political and non-political subjects.

The Reporters' Lab at Duke University maintains a database of fact-checking organizations that is managed by Mark Stencel and Bill Adair. The database tracks more than 100 non-partisan organizations around the world. The Lab's inclusion criteria is based on whether the organization

  • examines all parties and sides;
  • examines discrete claims and reaches conclusions;
  • tracks political promises;
  • is transparent about sources and methods;
  • discloses funding/affiliations;
  • and whether its primary mission is news and information.[1]

By region[edit]

Africa[edit]

  • Africa Check:[2] Africa's first independent fact-checking organisation with offices in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal and the UK checking claims made by public figures and the media in Africa.

Asia[edit]

Malaysia

India[edit]

International Fact-Checking Network signatories:[3]

  • Alt News is a fact-checking website.[4]
  • BOOM[5] is an IFCN certified independent digital journalism initiative.[6]
  • WebQoof is The Quint's IFCN-certified fact-checking initiative.[7]
  • Vishvas News[8] is a multilingual fact checking website
  • Fact Crescendo[9] is a multilingual fact checking website, they also have a presence in Sri Lanka.
  • India Today Fact Check[10] - is part of TV Today Network Ltd. The Fact Check section is part of the India Today website but is managed separately and independently from the editorial operations of India Today.[11]
  • Factly[12] is an Indian data journalism/public information portal. Each news story on FACTLY is backed by factual evidence/data from official sources that is either available in the public domain or that is collated/gathered/collected using tools such as the Right to Information (RTI).
  • NewsMobile[13] is a global fact-checker based in India.
  • Newschecker.in[14] is a website to expose bias/agenda.

Not on IFCN list of signatories:

  • SMHoaxSlayer is a broad spectrum fact-checking website with verifying social media hoaxes and scams circulating in India.[15][16][17][18]

Rejected by IFCN:

  • Fact Hunt is a website that claims to have been rejected by the IFCN in 2020.[19][20]
  • OpIndia is a right-wing news portal that was rejected by the IFCN in 2019.[21]

Japan[edit]

  • GoHoo: Launched by a nonprofit association Watchdog for Accuracy in News-reporting, Japan (WANJ or 一般社団法人 日本報道検証機構) on November 16, 2014. Crowd-funded approx. 1.6 million yen through Ready For.[22] Awarded Social Business Grand Prize 2012 Summer.[23]
  • Japan Center of Education for Journalists (JCEJ): Fosters journalists and fact-checkers by referring to a Journalist's Guide to Social Sources published by First Draft News, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center. JCEJ itself also debunks falsehoods.[24]

Taiwan[edit]

  • Taiwan Fact-checking Center (Chinese: 台灣事實查核中心)

Australia[edit]

Europe[edit]

Armenia[edit]

  • Fip.am, launched by the NGO "Union of Informed Citizens" (UIC) in 2016 as Sut.am and renamed in September 2018[27]

Austria[edit]

  • Mimikama:[28] Austrian fact-checking website which mainly focuses on Facebook hoaxes in the German and Dutch language area.

Croatia[edit]

Finland[edit]

  • Faktabaari:[30][31] a Finnish awarded and politically independent fact-checking website, launched in 2014.

France[edit]

  • Les Décodeurs:[32] French fact-checking blog run by Le Monde.
  • Factuel: French fact-checking blog run by the Agence France-Presse.
  • CaptainFact: French collaborative fact-checking platform.

Georgia[edit]

  • FactCheck Georgia:[33] a project of the Tbilisi-based think-tank Georgia's Reforms Associates (GRASS), launched in 2013.[34]

Germany[edit]

  • Volksverpetzer.de, launched by Thomas Laschyk
  • Correctiv.org, launched by "Recherchen für die Gesellschaft gemeinnützige GmbH"

Greece[edit]

  • Ellinikahoaxes.gr:[35] a Greek fact-checking website launched in 2013. Debunks hoaxes, urban legends, fake news, internet scams and other stories of questionable origin.
  • Factchecker.gr:[36] an independent Greek fact-checking website launched in February 2017 specializing in pseudoscience and medical frauds.[37]

Italy[edit]

  • Bufale.net:[38] Italian national fact-checking service website and creators of the first antifakenews addon for Chrome
  • Pagella Politica:[39] an Italian fact-checking website.

Lithuania[edit]

  • Demaskuok.lt and Debunk.eu: launched by Delfi and other Lithuanian online media.

Moldova[edit]

  • Stopfals.md: launched by Association of Independent Press (API) from the Republic of Moldova in 2017

Netherlands

  • Nieuwscheckers: fact-checking initiative by the Leiden University


Norway[edit]

  • Faktisk.no: Fact-checking site focusing on public debate in Norway. Set up by rival Norwegian media outlets and a part of IFCN [40]

Poland[edit]

  • Demagog:[41] First fact-checking website in Poland, dedicated to fact check political statements. Member of International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter Institute.
  • Fakenews.pl:[42] a Polish fact-checking website.
  • OKO.press:[43] an investigative journalism website in Poland created in 2016.

Portugal[edit]

  • Observador:[44] First newspaper in Portugal with fact-checking section. First Portuguese member of International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter Institute.

Romania[edit]

  • Factual.ro:[45] First fact-checking website in Romania, dedicated to fact check political statements. Set up by the Funky Citizens NGO.

Spain[edit]

  • Miniver.org:[46] First dedicated fact-checking web in Spain, launched in 2017, with the purpose of debunking fake news. Accredited by Google as fact-checking organization.
  • Newtral:[47] Spanish fact-checking organization which aims to empower people to draw their own conclusions by analysing public discourse.
  • Maldita.es: [48] Spanish fact-checking organization.

Ukraine[edit]

  • VoxCheck:[49] unveiled by VoxUkraine, an online economics and policy project, in 2015.[34]
  • FactCheck Ukraine: launched by the Kyiv-based Ukrainian Team of Reformers in 2016.[34]
  • Stopfake.org:[50] launched by the Kyiv Mohyla Journalism School in 2014.

United Kingdom[edit]

  • BBC Reality Check[51]
  • Full Fact:[52] An independent fact-checking organisation based in the UK which aims to "promote accuracy in public debate", launched in 2009.
  • FactCheckNI:[53] The first independent dedicated fact-checking service for Northern Ireland, launched in 2016, checking claims as well as offering training in critical thinking, tools and techniques any member of the public can use.
  • The FactCheck blog:[54] A fact-checking blog run by the Channel 4 News organization in the UK.
  • Ferret Fact Service:[55] Scotland's first fact-checker launched in April 2017[56] after a grant from the Google Digital News Initiative.[57]

Latin America[edit]

Middle East[edit]

Iran[edit]

  • Gomaneh an online Persian magazine devoted to the investigation of rumours and hearsay.[86]

Israel[edit]

  • The Whistle fact-checks statements said by Israeli politicians.

Jordan[edit]

  • Fatabyyano is an Independent Fact-checking Platform, which Considers the Leading Fact-checking Platform in the MENA region, as Fatabyyano is the First & Only Arabian Platform] that certified by the IFCN.[87] The platform has several million followers, and had received an award from the Harvard Arab Alumni Association in 2016, as well as from Queen Rania of Jordan.[88]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

  • NoRumors.net

North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

United States[edit]

  • Climate Feedback, which is dedicated to fact-checking media coverage of climate change.[90]
  • FactCheck.org and FactCheckEd.org: self-described "advocates for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics," and serving as an educational resource for high school teachers and students, respectively (the latter founded 2005). They are projects of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and are funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.
  • Fact Checker (The Washington Post):[91] A project of The Washington Post, known for grading politicians on the factual accuracy of their statements with zero to four "Pinocchios."[92] Created September 2007 by Post diplomatic writer Michael Dobbs specifically for the 2008 presidential campaign.[93] Ceased operation 4 November 2008,[94] but relaunched with a broader focus in January 2011, led by veteran Post diplomatic correspondent Glenn Kessler.[95]
  • Media Bias/Fact Check is a web site that rates factual accuracy and political bias in news media. The site classifies media sources on a political bias spectrum, as well as on the accuracy of their factual reporting.
  • Our.News: Created in December 2016, the platform consolidates fact checking information about news articles and other content into Nutrition Labels for News[96]. It also crowdsources some fact-checking content by allowing its users to contribute sources, reviews, and ratings[97] of news and content.
  • PolitiFact:[98] A service of the Tampa Bay Times - Created August 2007, uses the "Truth-o-Meter" to rank the amount of truth in public persons' statements. 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner.
  • Snopes focuses on, but is not limited to, validating and debunking urban legends and other stories in American popular culture.
  • RealClearPolitics's Fact Check Review aspires to offer quaternary-level critiquing of such tertiary-level efforts at fact-checking as those listed above. Within its inaugural review item on April 9, 2018, RCP writer Kalev Leetaru said its efforts at "checking the fact checkers" were to "explore how the flagship fact-checking organizations operate in practice (as opposed to their self-reported descriptions), from their claim and verification sourcing to their topical focus to just what constitutes a 'fact.'"[99] Leetaru is a Georgetown University fellow in residence, holding the chair established there for study and promotion of "international values, communications technology and the global Internet."[100]

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