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, Digital New Deal monitor of social media and deceptive sites, Fact-check Feed aggregator, and this fake-news tweets chart by the COVID States Project.

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.”

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 2022-04-07. 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
wsj.comMostly Factual7,600
childrenshealthdefense.orgLow6,700
nytimes.comHigh4,900
cdc.govVery High3,200
reuters.comVery High2,400
theguardian.comMixed1,500
thegatewaypundit.comVery Low1,400
dailymail.co.ukLow1,400
cnn.comMixed1,300
zerohedge.comLow1,300
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual1,100
bitchute.comVery Low990
who.intHigh880
foxnews.comMixed620
usatoday.comHigh610
apnews.comVery High560
gnews.orgLow550
npr.orgVery High420
globalresearch.caLow390
breitbart.comMixed340
theblaze.comMixed330
newspunch.comVery Low320
nypost.comMixed320
independent.co.ukMixed320
dailycaller.comMixed290
judicialwatch.orgLow270
huffpost.comMixed260
swprs.orgMixed260
thelibertydaily.comMixed220
thenationalpulse.comMixed190
en-volve.comVery Low160
lewrockwell.comLow140
oann.comLow140
newsweek.comHigh140
cnsnews.comLow130
usawatchdog.comLow130
wnd.comLow120
naturalnews.comVery Low120
eutimes.netLow120
theconservativetreehouse.comLow110
nationalfile.comLow110
vaccineimpact.comVery Low100
gmwatch.orgMixed90
breaking911.comVery Low84
thehighwire.comLow79
technocracy.newsVery Low71
globaltimes.cnMixed66
ukcolumn.orgLow62
infowars.comVery Low61
caldronpool.comMixed51
Source: OSoMe CoVaxxy

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 (2022-03)

DomainFactualArticlesEngagement
dailymail.co.ukLow61,55132,667,753
dailywire.comMixed1,47725,857,102
mirror.co.ukMixed12,04823,077,845
bbc.co.ukLow19,58819,639,590
legit.ngMostly Factual4,26714,636,032
cnn.comMixed4,41013,674,738
nbcnews.comHigh2,90012,586,178
businessinsider.comHigh3,78211,394,463
breitbart.comMixed10,52910,974,914
news.abs-cbn.comHigh3,67710,927,873
nytimes.comHigh6,25410,918,994
rumble.comLow22,73910,843,873
foxnews.comMixed5,16010,810,055
npr.orgVery High2,41310,585,935
sportsbrief.comHigh1,4109,835,918
manchestereveningnews.co.ukMixed5,4769,571,895
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual7,9379,448,728
people.comHigh3,6279,174,694
reuters.comVery High16,3359,067,956
conservativebrief.comMostly Factual3718,726,672
tuko.co.keMixed3,4668,636,824
theguardian.comMixed8,4608,417,959
yabaleftonline.ngMixed8727,993,711
pulse.ngMixed2,6427,773,133
thesun.co.ukMixed17,4847,715,727
Source: NewsWhip API

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

Fact-check Feed

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

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:

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 (520):

2,000 2022 abbott abortion abortions act against all americans aren't arrested attack baby ban barnette behind biden bill black border breast buffalo but call can canada candace cause ceo charged checking children claim claims congress conspiracy contrary court covid covid-19 crisis data death deaths democrats detained dies disease do does doesn't don't due during election evidence face facebook fact-checking fake false falsely find flag formula fox free game gates georgia get global great group gun gunman guns he health high his house ice image instagram isn't it's kathy last life make man mark mass media military milk million misinformation misleading monkeypox more most national new news north online order other outbreak over owens own pandemic parents pay people pfizer photo photos pills plan planned police post posts proof prove publish race real rep. replacement report roe russia russian said say says scam school scientific sea senate send sex shingles shooter shooting shootings shortage show shows signs social soldiers some state states support suspect target texas their theory trial tweet tweets u.s. ukraine ukrainian up us use used uvalde v. vaccine vaccines victims video viral walmart war washington wasn't we white women world would years zuckerberg

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