3 Easy Ways to Fact Check the News Using Your Phone
If you’ve been paying attention for the last year or so, you’ve probably heard a lot about fake news, and probably come across a lot of it yourself. Though not all of it is political, the politics tend to be what freak people out the most. Generally these “news” stories can be proven wrong just by looking at more than one source, but unfortunately people don’t always do that, or they feel they can’t trust any news outlets. Luckily, there are a few tools you can use to be your own personal fact checker, and you can do it all from your phone.
This app allows you to look at different subjects and get the actual facts about statements regarding those subjects. The little meter at the top of the claim page will show whether the statement is true or not.
Glenn Kessler is a diplomatic correspondent and the writer of Washington Post‘s “Fact Checker” column. This app rates political claims using “Pinocchios” — yes, like that Pinocchio.
Now when you search certain claims on Google, they’ll come up with a little blurb under the headline that says something like “Fact check by PolitiFact: Mostly True” or “Fact check by Washington Post: Four Pinocchios.”