Disinfo Dashboard

A collection of tools that monitor misinformation, with the Iffy Quotient social media tracker, the CoVaxxy tweet chart, and the Fact-check Feed aggregator.

A collection of tools that monitor misinformation: Iffy Quotient social media tracker, CoVaxxy tweet chart, NewsWhip top-25 Facebook publishers table, Fact-check Feed aggregator, and this plot of Factual Grades for 245 major news sources by The Factual.

Iffy Quotient: Facebook, Twitter

The Center for Social Media Responsibility (University of Michigan) maintains the Iffy Quotient (not affiliated with this site), a measure of the low-credibility content amplified on Facebook and Twitter, based on trust-ratings by Newsguard and Media Bias/Fact Check). This graph charts the percentage of top 5K social media posts that link to unreliable sources:

Content from “Iffy” sites amplified on Facebook and Twitter

Another way to express their data is "an engagement-weighted version of the Iffy Quotient. Rather than treating all popular URLs as equal, we weight them by the estimated engagement scores."

NewsWhip: Facebook

NewsWhip "tracks and predicts the impact of millions of stories." The chart below uses their API to rank the top 25 publishers by their engagement on Facebook. (English-language content, ranked by number of articles, by likes, shares, and comments for total engagement, grouped by domain; does not include media uploaded to Facebook.) The factual column is the publisher's factual-reporting level, as rated by Media Bias/Fact Check.

Facebook: Top Web Publishers (2023-04)

DomainFactualArticlesEngagement
dailymail.co.ukLow52,24613,818,198
people.comHigh7,2169,692,508
mirror.co.ukMixed11,6619,437,859
bbc.co.uk(not-rated)17,7997,989,474
foxnews.comMixed7,4856,956,802
cnn.comMixed4,2246,429,746
thesun.co.ukMixed14,8255,995,513
cbsnews.comHigh21,6445,753,021
today.comMostly Factual1,7564,813,295
dailywire.comMixed1,2034,706,350
manutd.com(not-rated)7054,232,549
nytimes.comHigh4,4434,074,689
theguardian.comMixed6,9204,041,164
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual5,0943,973,735
metro.co.ukMixed7,4393,937,943
manchestereveningnews.co.uk(not-rated)4,6503,607,705
insider.comHigh1,6263,462,765
variety.comHigh1,6513,263,997
reuters.comVery High12,2393,194,926
nbcnews.comHigh2,5653,176,116
npr.orgVery High1,8443,004,394
huffpost.comMixed1,7272,839,133
nypost.comMixed6,6062,763,387
breitbart.comMixed6,7652,613,095
abcnews.go.comHigh10,0172,589,407
Source: NewsWhip API and NewsWhip Spike

Fact-check Feed

The Fact-check Feed site has been aggregating articles from a dozen U.S. fact-checkers since 2016 into a searchable archive. Here are the most recent:

The Truth column in the Public Ledger newspaper, published in 1898
Daily Public Ledger masthead, 1898

Visit the Fact-check Feed (external site) for tens of thousands more articles, by (mainly) U.S. fact-checkers.

Most common words in titles from the past two weeks of fact-checks (278):

2024 against aid amy authentic biden biden's black border but can carolina city claim claims contrary counsel covid-19 cross do does doesn't donald during evidence facebook fact-checking france game government haley image immigration instagram jag joe kansas kelce law media migrants more nato new news over parade party people photo plans post posts president real red report said say sen. shooting show social south special state swift take taylor texas travis trump trump's tucker u.s. ukraine unfit up us vaccine video why wisconsin year york

Most-used words in recent fact-check titles. Links go to a Fact-check Feed search (of titles and article text).

Archives

These projects are now longer updating.

CoVaxxy: Twitter

The CoVaxxy tool, from the Observatory on Social Media (Indiana University), "visualizes the relationship between COVID-19 vaccine adoption and online (mis)information." Credibility ratings are by Media Bias/Fact Check and Iffy+. Compiled tweets are for the week ending 2022-12-20. The factual column is the publisher's factual-reporting level, as rated by Media Bias/Fact Check.

Twitter: Most-Shared Low-Credibility and Mainstream Sources

DomainFactualTweets
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual5,200
thegatewaypundit.comVery Low2,400
childrenshealthdefense.orgLow2,300
theconservativetreehouse.comLow2,300
cdc.govVery High2,200
judicialwatch.orgLow1,700
naturalnews.comVery Low1,600
dailymail.co.ukLow1,500
bitchute.comVery Low1,500
reuters.comVery High1,500
nypost.comMixed1,000
nytimes.comHigh940
wsj.comMostly Factual890
technocracy.newsVery Low870
theguardian.comMixed770
cnn.comMixed660
theblaze.comMixed590
thehighwire.comLow540
foxnews.comMixed510
npr.orgVery High460
zerohedge.comLow450
who.intHigh360
newswars.comLow350
gellerreport.comLow340
usatoday.comHigh340
usawatchdog.comLow320
apnews.comVery High280
newspunch.comVery Low250
msnbc.comMixed190
dailycaller.comMixed170
thelibertydaily.comMixed170
independent.co.ukMixed160
globaltimes.cnMixed160
breitbart.comMixed150
ukcolumn.orgLow130
infowars.comVery Low130
thenationalpulse.comMixed120
globalresearch.caLow110
chinadaily.com.cnMixed98
newstarget.comLow95
davidicke.comVery Low90
newsweek.comHigh85
wnd.comLow82
dailywire.comMixed80
cbn.com(not-rated)79
time.comHigh78
activistpost.comLow74
washingtontimes.comMixed73
pjmedia.comMixed72
gnews.orgLow68
Source: OSoMe CoVaxxy

COVID States Project: 2020 tweets

The COVID States Project charted the fake-news sites with the most COVID-related Twitter shares in 2020.

Digital New Deal: Facebook, Twitter

The Digital New Deal, a project of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, "monitors engagement on social media with deceptive sites that masquerade as journalism." Deceptive sites are identified by NewsGuard reviews.

Facebook interactions for deceptive sites, more than doubled from 2018 to 2021 (source: GMF Digital New Deal)
GMF Digital New Deal, 2021-08

Twitter verified-account shares for deceptive sites, more than doubled from 2018 to 2021 (source: GMF Digital New Deal)
GMF Digital New Deal, 2021-08