Spot and avoid fake news on­line

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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 ( 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’.

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