In times of fake news, extra care must be taken with the news we consume and, above all, we share. However, it is not always easy to confirm the veracity of information. In fact, it is very easy to be led into error today. After all, even large vehicles have already made the mistake of sharing fake news or even flashy headlines that don’t match the content of the story.
Thinking about the urgent need to protect against fake news, we at TecMundo have created a selection of sites that can assist you in this challenging task, as well as some tips that, although simple, are extremely useful.
Sites that check fake news
The fastest and most practical way to check news is through specialized pages. Next, check out some of the main ones:
Accurate news from E-Farsas.Source: Kris Gaiato / Reproduction
One of the most popular in this medium, E-Farsas, launched in 2001, was also a precursor in checking information, alongside other famous pages. The platform is responsible for analyzing, above all, rumors that appear on the internet. After a thorough evaluation, an explanatory post is published for everyone to have access to. But, if you want to send a suggestion of news to the site, it is possible through this link.
Fact or Fake
Conceived by the Globo group, Fato ou Fake has a strong team, composed of journalists from major media such as Época, Extra, G1, CBN, TV Globo, Globo News, Jornal O Globo and Valor Econômico. The site focuses on investigating false news on the internet. To contact the team, go to the official Facebook page or send a message via WhatsApp at (21) 97305-9827.
Public Agency – Truco
Home page of Agência Pública website.Source: Kris Gaiato / Reproduction
This agency was developed in 2011 by women journalists and is characterized as a non-profit institution. In defense of Public Administration and human rights, the team analyzes speeches by politicians, categorizing them into: true, without context, debatable, exaggerated, underestimated, false or even impossible to verify. To check the findings and send a suggestion, click here.
A precursor just like E-Farsas, Agência Lupa inaugurated the fact checking sector in Brazil. Focused on news shared during electoral periods, the page is linked to Folha de São Paulo. If you want to contact the team, go to the Facebook page and send a message on Messenger.
Fake Check website home.Source: Kris Gaiato / Reproduction
The Fake Check platform emerged from a partnership between researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). And, unlike a regular checking agency, this site uses more sophisticated technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence. To contact the platform, send a message to the WhatsApp bot at (16) 98112-8986.
How not to be deceived?
While checking agencies – and similar tools – are a big help, there are certain steps you should always take to avoid the famous, but feared, fake news.
As already mentioned, it is necessary to pay attention to the headlines of the news, since many of them are sensationalists or use the click bait technique, focused on attracting readers and generating access without necessarily corresponding faithfully to the content. In this case, be critical of the information, checking it on reliable vehicles.
Also avoid extremist or vague written guidelines. The premise here is clear: the more information, the better. Another crucial point is the publication date, which should always be checked in order to avoid old headlines. In addition, do not believe so quickly in information conveyed through videos and images. Through social networks, this type of content is disseminated quickly, easily, and usually without references.
Finally, pay attention not only to the news content, but also to its sources. After all, the site didn’t necessarily tell you a lie, but it may have gathered information in a decontextualized way to generate, based on facts, false and biased news.