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The Hot Topics for such Misinformation are generally Politics, Government Policies, Religion and various Scams and Hoaxes. Some websites have taken up the task of spreading awareness against rumors by presenting evidence and hard facts. Lets look at some of the best websites that help us distinguish between thee truth and rumors.

Get Your Facts Right – 6 Fact Checking Websites That Help You Know The Truth

Internet has been called “The Information Super Highway” and rightly so. Its now the epicenter of breaking news and the free flowing information has brought the world and the people closer and made us aware of other cultures and traditions. But all this comes with a flipside.

The amount of misinformation that is spread is staggering. It is spread mainly via Websites, Social Networks and Email. The Hot Topics for such Misinformation are generally Politics, Government Policies, Religion and various Scams and Hoaxes. Some websites have taken up the task of spreading awareness against rumors by presenting evidence and hard facts. Lets look at some of the best websites that help us distinguish between thee truth and rumors.

Fact Check Websites For Getting Political Facts:

FactCheck.Org

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FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

They 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. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

An Example of the debunked Rumor:

Q: Did the new health care law give Obama a Nazi-like “private army” of 6,000 people?

A: No. Contrary to false Internet rumors, the new Ready Reserve Corps of doctors and other health workers will report to the surgeon general and be like the “ready reserves” in other uniformed services. They will be used during health emergencies.

The Updates come quite frequently since Politics and Government Policies is a subject rife with rumors. They also present evidence about why a particular story is true or false, so they are quite good at what they do.

Visit  FactCheck.Org

PolitiFact.com

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PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Timesfact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter.

They’re also tracking more than 500 of Barack Obama’s campaign promises and are rating the progress on Obameter. This is one of their coolest initiatives. They keep a track of Obama’s campaign promises and whether he has delivered on them.

This is where the Meter currently stands:

Obameter from Politifact

If you are interested in Political Fact Checking or in tracking Barack Obama’s Promises, this is your best resource.

Visit PolitiFact.com

OpenSecrets.Org

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OpenSecrets.org is your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use this free site to shine light on the government. Count cash and make change.

Not exactly a Fact Checking website, but it does keeps a tab on how much contribution does a representative of Congress get from a specific company or a lobby group. You can see if this influences the decisions made by the person.  This is one step towards making your representative in the senate more accountable.

Visit  OpenSecrets.Org

Fact Check Websites for Religion, Email Scams and Hoaxes:

Snopes.com

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Snopes.com is one of the best online resources that debunks Urban Legends and Rumors on a huge number of topics. Its run by by Barbara and David P. Mikkelson, who established this website in 1995.

Since that time they have constantly updated the database with new facts about, why something that is considered “scary” or “sinister” is actually just a legend created by the common folk. The number of topics they cover is just astounding and they present enough evidence about every topic so that the visitors can make up their mind, whether the topic being discussed it true or just a rumor.

Visit Snopes.com

TruthOrFiction.com

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TruthOrFiction.com is your Email Reality Check. Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails. So basically it covers almost every hoax that lands in your Email Inbox.

Even if you are Internet savvy, sometimes, these rumors can really sound true. If you forward such emails to your friends, you are not only exposing them to the danger of going on some untrusted website, but also are wasting bandwidth and server resources.

So, if you ever get an email that says:

“Dangerous gas in car air conditioners is causing lung cancer and Alzheimer’s disease” – Its Fiction

“Warning That a New Virus is Activated by Using F1 Key in Windows” – Its True.

TruthorFiction.com covers a huge array of topics, so you can rest assured that you would get answers to weirdest rumors.

Visit TruthOrFiction.com

HoaxSlayer.com

Hoax-SLater LogoHoax-Slayer is dedicated to debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues.

Hoax-Slayer allows Internet users to check the veracity of common email hoaxes and aims to counteract criminal activity by publishing information about common types of Internet scams. Hoax-Slayer also includes anti-spam tips, computer and email security information, articles about true email forwards, and much more.

This website is another Old School website about countering Email based Hoaxes.

Visit HoaxSlayer.com

Conclusion:

These are some of the websites we refer to get our facts right. Maybe we have missed out on some, if you know any other quality websites, do let us know in the comments below.



  • http://www.investintech.com Sandrina

    Yes, there is so many information on the Internet and big part of it is not true.

  • Preston

    Some of the best known and largest Fact Checking sites are politically very biased…TRUE

    • Misterbill17

      Give us some facts, Preston. You can have your OWN opinions, but you can’t have your OWN facts.

  • The Shadow

    I am amazed that when presented with .. .. the facts .. .. the truth .. .. that so many out there are still so mezmerized by the folks spewing these half truths and innuendoes in an attempt to swing the less educated and easily swayed folks .. .. that they continue to believe the half truths and outright lies.
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    Remember folks .. ..
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    ” Truth .. .. Justice .. .. and the American Way “

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Well, the reason I made this list was because, I wanted more people to be aware of how much misinformation is spread over the internet. One should not make decisions with incorrect info, they aren’t good for anyone and create more misinformation.

      These are some quality sites I found, so stay on top of things and share this information with your friends, to help they stay aware! Cheers! :)

  • HankPlander

    Factcheck.org is run by the Annenberg Foundation, the same folks who brought you the Chicago Annenberg Challenge that hired Barack Obama and William Ayers to disburse monies. They claim to be non-partisan.

  • miscreant

    http://www.youthemandus.com/forum

    Underground Truth Forum set up because of all the lies being spread, not just by political sites but by conspiracy sites too. We help each other see clearly.

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Interesting forum indeed. I hope the quality of input from the members is good and that they quote trusted sources while making their point about any topic. This can be an enlightening venture. Thanks for letting us know.

      • miscreant

        thanks for allowing the link. the forum is just beginning and will in time attract members from all sides. Hopefully though each person will be willing to change how they think at any given time and not label each other.

        I think labelling, as in left, right, middle and whatever else… boxes people into a specific mindset, like if you believe in God you must also believe int eh Devil too… why?

        • http://www.technorms.com Viki

          You’re welcome. We allowed the link through since the forum is of good quality and our readers would benefit from it, if you keep up the good work.

          I am not in favor of labeling people into groups, but its always good if they quote a reliable media/website when they make any claims or share information. That’s what I was saying! :)

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