Washington Post Built A Tool to Fact Check Trump’s Tweets

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Credibility of a news organization is one of their main assets and due to the influx of reports of fake news on networks like Facebook. The matter has been compounded by the fact that us President Trump regularly retweets news stories whose credibility is questionable.  These stories have also been used as a point of reference for his tweets, which many often take as truth.

Washington Post, one of the traditional media houses the US president has regularly attacked over their news stories has created a Chrome Plugin designed to fact-check what Trump tweets. The plugin called ‘RealDonaldContext’ i scours Trump’s tweets and adds fact-check summaries beneath them. Users will need to click a post in The Donald’s Twitter feed to see any fact-check information from the Washington Post, which appears as a gray text box beneath the tweet according to ArsTechnica. The gray text box will then include a few sentences leading to a Washington Post article for full context while explaining if the Tweet is true or false.

The tool comes at the back of another created by Reuters called News Tracer that analyzes every tweet in real time. The tool then assigns a credibility score to a person depending on his/her identity, location, verification status, virality of the tweet and whether people are confirming or denying the post. It also checks the tweets with an internal database of reliable sources.

Below are samples of the same

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