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Understanding & Identifying Fake News: Fact Checking Websites

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We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor 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. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding. is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.

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PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits. The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times. The state sites and PunditFact follow the same principles as the national site.

(from, The Principles of PolitiFact, PunditFact and the Truth-O-Meter‚Äč)


The web site is (and always has been) a completely independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators and funded through advertising revenues. Neither the site nor its operators has ever received monies from (or been engaged in any business or editorial relationship with), any sponsor, political party, religious group, outside business organization, or government agency that is not disclosed on the Disclosures page.

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Additional Sites

Reverse Image Search Tools

Google Images

1. Select the camera icon from the search field.


2.Copy the image address by right clicking on the image you are reverse searching and paste it into the search field. You can also upload an image or drag and drop it in.

3. The results page will provide you with information about the image, similar images, and a listing of where and how the image has been used. Going back through the results will lead you to the earliest or first use of the image. In this way you will be able to see if and how the image has been changed, if it is as current as it is being made to seem, and if the original context of the image differs from the news story it is currently attached to. 



TinEye is an image search and recognition company. We are experts in computer vision, pattern recognition, neural networks and machine learning. Our mission is to make your images searchable.

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TinEye also provides browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE, and Opera to make reverse image searching even easier. Their results page differs from Google Images, but provides an extensive listing of where the image has appeared online. Filters allow you to see not only Best Match, but Most Changed, Newest, and Oldest as well as by collection so that you can see how the image was used by a particular website.