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Fake News vs. Real News: Fact Checking Sites

How to Determine the Reliability of Sources

Fact Check Websites

Fact-checking websites can help you investigate claims to help you determine whether what you hear or read is true. These resources can help you determine the legitimacy of a claim, but even fact-checking websites should be examined critically. 

WashingtonPost.com

The purpose of this website is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance.

PolitiFact.com

Staffers research statements and rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

FactCheck.org

Checks the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

Snopes.com

Begun in 1994 researching urban legends, it has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet.