Description: People send in suspected hoaxes, doctored images, and fake websites. Then, Politico’s team works to determine the truth.
Why I trust it: Politico’s mission is to provide its audience with accurate, nonpartisan information. In 2012, the Poynter Institute found that about the same percentage of Politico readers identify as democrat as do those that identify as republican, so you can bet their investigations are unbiased. Learn more about Politico here.
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Description: Snopes offers an archive of investigated rumors and claims, debunking or verifying them so you don’t have to.
Why I trust it: The oldest and largest online fact-checking site, Snopes’ contextualized analysis uses evidence-based practices to fact-check the media. The company has been independently verified by the International Fact Checking Network, and, in the spirit of truth-seeking, it invites skepticism and challengers. The fact-checkers attempt to contact sources for interviews, and they seek out supporting information. They consult experts, and each fact-check travels through multiple staffers. Learn more here.
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