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 2021-11-06. 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.comHigh18,000
reuters.comVery High18,000
dailymail.co.ukLow18,000
zerohedge.comLow17,000
nypost.comMixed17,000
dailywire.comMixed16,000
foxnews.comMixed16,000
thegatewaypundit.comVery Low15,000
cdc.govVery High14,000
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual13,000
childrenshealthdefense.orgLow11,000
cnn.comMixed8,500
wsj.comMostly Factual7,400
theguardian.comMixed7,200
breitbart.comMixed7,100
dailycaller.comMixed5,500
newsweek.comHigh4,700
npr.orgVery High4,400
breaking911.comVery Low4,300
bitchute.comVery Low3,500
nationalfile.comLow3,400
rt.comVery Low3,300
theblaze.comMixed3,300
msnbc.comMixed3,200
usatoday.comHigh2,900
apnews.comVery High2,800
trendingpolitics.comMixed2,700
theconservativetreehouse.comLow2,500
who.intHigh2,300
hannity.comLow2,300
independent.co.ukMixed2,000
summit.newsLow1,500
huffpost.comMixed1,500
sott.netLow1,500
infowars.comVery Low1,200
time.comHigh1,200
americasfreedomfighters.comVery Low1,100
oann.comLow990
ukcolumn.orgLow980
wnd.comLow940
churchmilitant.comMixed930
washingtontimes.comMixed920
globalresearch.caLow920
thehighwire.comLow800
marketwatch.comHigh680
cnsnews.comLow610
djhjmedia.comLow580
humansarefree.comLow560
21stcenturywire.comMixed420
newstarget.comLow380
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 (2021-09)

DomainFactualArticlesEngagement
dailywire.comMixed1,04526,938,883
bbc.co.ukLow18,57118,783,004
dailymail.co.ukLow56,37418,271,702
foxnews.comMostly Factual5,68217,437,944
cnn.comHigh4,34015,722,495
nbcnews.comHigh2,40013,758,426
npr.orgVery High2,33012,952,718
theblaze.comMixed80911,905,031
rumble.comLow2,24711,478,229
nytimes.comMixed5,89510,353,253
reuters.comVery High17,0339,734,281
westernjournal.comMixed1,0499,557,711
theguardian.comMostly Factual8,0739,320,066
metro.co.ukMixed7,3698,362,227
breitbart.comMixed10,5418,357,815
washingtonpost.comMostly Factual7,5438,352,446
thehill.comMostly Factual4,3317,781,695
people.comHigh3,4947,151,369
businessinsider.comHigh3,7217,003,252
koreaboo.comMostly Factual1,5736,984,246
thesun.co.ukMixed14,9566,879,723
sportskeeda.comMixed7,7346,850,663
nypost.comMixed5,6036,743,872
thepostmillennial.comMixed1,2936,743,829
abc.net.auHigh6,9765,866,750
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 (371):

- 5 6 2021 against ahmaud alive all arbery arrested back because better biden bill black bloggers booster build bush but california can cancer cause child children christmas claim claims covid covid-19 data day dead death deaths die died do does doesn't don't due during dying evidence facebook false fbi former found gas george guide he heart her his house husband image infrastructure isn't jan. judge jury kenosha kevin kyle law likely man mccarthy men military missing more most mrna new november old one over pandemic parade people pfizer photo photos police post posts prices protest real right risk rittenhouse role school she shooting shot show spike spreads state study talk thanksgiving them there trial true trump u.s. uk unvaccinated up us using vaccinated vaccination vaccine vaccine. vaccines variant verdict video viral virus vote waukesha white wife without work world yes

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