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Fact Checking & Verification for Reporting

Verification of User-Generated Content

Verification of content and sources:

  •  Ensures the accuracy of your stories
  •  Helps you avoid amplifying fabricated news & propaganda
  •  Adds context, detail, history & transparency to your stories
  •  Helps you find clues & corroborating evidence to verify images, videos, and information

FirstDraft's 5 Pillars of Verification and more resources

Five Pillars of Verification from First Draft
PROVENANCE: Are you looking at the original account, article, or piece of content?
SOURCE: Who created the account or article, or captured the original piece of content?
DATE: When was it created?
LOCATION: Where was the account established, the website created, or piece of content captured?
MOTIVATION: Why was the account established, the website created, or the piece of content captured?

First Draft Essential Guides covering newsgathering, verification, responsible reporting and more

First Draft verification and Open-Source-Intelligence Techniques (OSINT) training, in support of journalists facing the challenges of trust and truth in the digital age.

IntelTechniques Open Search Tools

See what fact-checking sites are saying about this content or source

Google Fact Check Explorer search engine checks all major fact-checking sites

Coronavirus Disinformation Database, Poynter

NewsGuard Chrome Extension “trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trustworthy--and which ones aren't."

Bellingcat's Digital Forensics Tools

Bellingcat Crowd-sourced investigations, & training citizen journalists in conflict zones

Bellingcat’s Digital Forensics Tools A list of open-source verification and investigation tools and methods

Top Photo and Video Verification Tools

RevEye Reverse Image Search searches Google, Bing, Yandex, TinEye, and Baidu

Google Reverse Image Search, (also available as Chrome and Firefox add-on), you can also right-click on the image. 

INVID Verification Plugin download chrome ext put a link to a video in INVID, analyze thumbnails via TinEye, Yandex or Google reverse image search watch youtube and Vimeo videos frame by frame

Dual Maps mashup of synchronized Google Maps, Aerial Imagery and Google Street View

Image Verification Assistant “features a multitude of image tampering detection algorithms plus metadata analysis, GPS Geolocation, EXIF Thumbnail extraction, and integration with reverse image search via Google.”

Jeffrey's Image Metadata Viewer might find photo metadata [won’t work on platforms like Facebook, they scrub metadata]. Here's an example of what you could find.

EXIF Quick View Chrome Extension

Crop and Search technique from Peter Adams at News Literacy Project

Sun Calc match the time of day a photo was taken. This example will walk you through a use case.   

What to look at when investigating a YouTube Account 

Storyful Video Archive search for verified user-generated videos by topic or keyword. You can search, but you have to pay to use the content.