Spot and avoid fake news online
With controversy still raging about the influence of fake news on election results, we seem to be surrounded by misleading information – just ask President Trump, who complains about it every day! Happily, help is now at hand from the team behind Adblock Plus, which has created Trusted News ( bit.ly/trusted453) to tackle the scourge of false content online. When you visit a news source, this Chrome extension verifies its accuracy and integrity using data from fact-checking organisations including Wikipedia, Snopes and Politifact. On sites that can be trusted, you’ll see a green flag, while sites that are deemed biased, untrustworthy, satire, clickbait or malicious, or that contain usergenerated content, will display other flags. Click the toolbar button for more information and choose ‘ Learn how we reached this rating’ to discover how Trusted News draws its conclusions. We found it surprisingly good at identifying unreliable sources, although it’s unable to evaluate certain sites because of ‘insufficient data’.