Take a brief moment to check viral images online before you share them. This can help stop the spread of misinformation/disinformation. There are many online search engines and tools which will point to the origins of images you see on social media channels and elsewhere on the web. As fact checkers these are often our “go to” tools when considering an image.
Images are a quick, easy, and shareable way to communicate a message online. At FactCheckNI we often see them reappear some time later because of a renewed interest in the topic that the image is associated with. We also see them used out of context (e.g. a different time and/or place) in misleading ways.
Here’s a worked example of how we checked an image that was widely shared. Continue reading How-to: Reverse image search
There are times when we’ve noticed a change in a particular website page and we want to compare it with the most recent version. Or when a website is not loading or is otherwise unavailable. Continue reading How-to: Google Cache
Websites and their pages come and go. From a researcher’s perspective, it can be frustrating when you’ve cited a particular website page, only to discover later that it has been removed by the publisher or is otherwise no longer available. An American non-profit organisation, Internet Archive, launched a product in 2001 called Wayback Machine, which is a digital archive of the World Wide Web. Continue reading How-to: Wayback Machine
Fact checking Northern Ireland: FactCheckNI continues to grow
An update by FactCheckNI
20 May 2019
This summer FactCheckNI is four years old. We are Northern Ireland’s first, and only, fact-checking service. We have trained thousands of people in fact checking and critical thinking. We have published dozens of fact-check articles, in a bid to ensure that accuracy prevails and informs the social and political discourse of the region. Continue reading Fact checking Northern Ireland: FactCheckNI continues to grow
Why does fact checking matter? @ImagineBelfast
28 March 2019
As part of the Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics, FactCheckNI hosted a lunchtime seminar on the importance of fact checking, not only for facts’ sake but including perspectives from data science, journalism, and academic research. The proposition was that facts are a crucial but not exclusive source of information, and that by appreciating the interplay of facts, opinion, and power, we may have a better understanding of how human nature is responding to the dynamic of social media, for better and worse. Continue reading Why does fact checking matter? @ImagineBelfast