FakesRadar.org

FAQs

What is FakesRadar.org?

FakesRadar.org helps users exposed to disinformation learn facts, share fact-checked data and stay informed and protected from fakes.

What do you mean?

We are developing a communication technology describing fakes and facts, and using gamification to deliver facts where fakes had been shared.

Do you check facts?

No, facts are checked and debunked by independent fact-checking projects.

Is it secure?

Yes. We do not gather user information. We also conduct independent security audit of every our new product. FakesRadar Chrome plugin was audited by the Radically Open Security.

What stage are you at?

We have released our first instrument - FakesRadar Chrome extension.

How is it going?

Our idea was successfully tested, we got a long list of what can be improved. The most important is that it is liked by users even in this early stage. We keep learning and improving our tools

What do you mean by “Facts”?

Data, which can be checked independently. Debunked fakes.

Is it a game?

No. There is an element of gamification. However, this is real data.

Do you mean your service can make no mistake?

Yes, we can. However, due to the two level verification – by the independent fact-checking services and by our team, the risk is low. If it happens, the mistake will be corrected and users will be informed.

Who is funding you?

Initially we got support from the Stanford University CDDRL and several private donors. FakesRadar got investment from Europe's most experienced startup accelerator StartupWiseGuys within the CyberNorth program implemented with Estonia's Defence Ministry.

Why do you think your solution will work?

It is already working and users like it.

How can you make sure the fact-checkers working for you are providing quality data?

Fact-checkers are not working for us. They are working independently.

My media had published a fake and has been highlighted by FakesRadar - what can I do about this?

It is simple:
1) Make a screenshot/photo of the fake news you accidentally published on your site (make sure the URL is clearly visible) and send it to us at contact@fakesradar.org;
2) Correct the fake news (feel free to use the debunking report, but please quote the fact-checker’s report on your case – you can have the link delivered to you by the FakesRadar plug-in);
3) Make a screenshot/photo of the corrected news once you’ve updated your site (make sure the URL is clearly visible) and send it to us at contact@fakesradar.org.

The following is also recommended:
1) Apologize to your readers. It is good practice to build trust with your audience by being open about it when you’ve made an honest mistake and corrected it;
2) Thank FakesRadar (https://fakesradar.org) for alerting you to an error on your site and helping you to improve the quality of news you make available to your readers.

I think my media has been highlighted by FakesRadar unfairly!

Although FakesRadar is not defining what is fake and what is not (this is done by professional fact-checkers working for recognized fact-checking organizations, not for FakesRadar), FakesRadar is ready to consider every case, please contact@fakesradar.org with the details - we will look into the issue ASAP.

My media has corrected the story that FakesRadar picked up - can my media be whitelisted?

Perfect! Thank you! Your media is a great example of how good journalism works! Yes, we update our database in such cases.
Please email the printscreens of the fake and the correction published by your media to contact@fakesradar.org and we will look into the case ASAP.

Why do people pay you?

They don’t. The basic service for the people is and will be free.

Well, I think FakesRadar is not perfect – it makes mistakes!

We are always striving to improve how FakesRadar works. So please, if you feel we have made a mistake, do get in touch and let us know at contact@fakesradar.org and we will do our best to correct it. Your help is very much welcome.

So is it about technology or is it a kind of journalism?

Yes, it is a kind of information technology helping quality journalism. The thing is that good journalism is always fact-based.

What are your principles?

We are sharing principles of human rights, nonviolent action, fact-checking, transparency and accountability of content moderation.

How can I join the project?

Send your cooperation idea to contact@fakesradar.org - we are especially interested in content partnerships with recognized Fact-checkers, Universities, media organizations and non-fiction publishers.