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: the Iffy Quotient social media tracker, the CoVaxxy tweet chart, the NewsWhip top-25 Facebook publishers table, the Digital New Deal monitor of social media and deceptive sites, and the Fact-check Feed aggregator.

Disinformation awning at a music festival
Trowbridge Festival, Wiltshire, England 2004 (photo: Mac Jordan)

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 2021-09-12. 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
nytimes.comHigh36,000
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual23,000
foxnews.comMixed23,000
newsweek.comMostly Factual19,000
theguardian.comMixed18,000
reuters.comVery High17,000
cnn.comMixed17,000
apnews.comVery High16,000
childrenshealthdefense.orgLow15,000
nypost.comMixed15,000
cdc.govVery High14,000
dailymail.co.ukLow12,000
thegatewaypundit.comVery Low8,900
breitbart.comMixed8,600
zerohedge.comLow8,100
bitchute.comVery Low6,700
npr.orgVery High6,000
msnbc.comMixed5,900
independent.co.ukMixed5,500
huffpost.comMixed5,000
wsj.comMostly Factual4,400
usatoday.comHigh4,300
dailywire.comMixed3,600
summit.newsLow3,500
dailycaller.comMixed3,200
rt.comVery Low3,100
oann.comLow2,900
theblaze.comMixed2,700
breaking911.comVery Low2,000
nationalfile.comLow1,900
hannity.comLow1,800
who.intHigh1,700
pjmedia.comMixed1,600
economist.comHigh1,500
theconservativetreehouse.comLow1,500
ukcolumn.orgLow1,300
washingtontimes.comMixed960
marketwatch.comHigh900
bigleaguepolitics.comLow890
wnd.comLow830
21stcenturywire.comMixed820
time.comHigh790
waynedupree.comLow690
trendingpolitics.comMixed600
humansarefree.comLow540
globalresearch.caLow520
infowars.comVery Low500
caldronpool.comMixed480
lewrockwell.comMixed420
thenationalpulse.comMixed380
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 (2021-06)

DomainFactualArticlesEngagement
dailywire.comMixed1,49959,422,477
dailymail.co.ukLow56,38130,433,153
foxnews.comMostly Factual5,85925,403,891
rumble.comLow2,05821,350,505
cnn.comHigh4,63316,705,151
bbc.co.ukLow18,17514,860,736
theblaze.comMixed77413,771,282
theguardian.comMostly Factual8,05113,157,157
nbcnews.comHigh2,67613,078,405
westernjournal.comMixed1,20712,459,586
nytimes.comMixed5,92611,764,902
mirror.co.ukMixed10,08211,206,151
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual6,26711,188,644
bbc.comHigh10,11110,448,274
npr.orgVery High2,21010,372,941
breitbart.comMixed10,79710,212,199
thehill.comMostly Factual4,58210,131,965
soompi.comLow8007,570,076
people.comHigh3,2487,342,427
reuters.comVery High14,0967,046,209
thesun.co.ukMixed15,0217,010,289
metro.co.ukMixed7,5396,922,392
cbc.caHigh9,2106,552,166
msnbc.comMixed1,5636,415,869
comicbook.comMixed3,6916,214,542
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 (363):

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