Founded in 2003

Factcheck.org is a website affiliated with the Annenburg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that performs fact-checking. The purpose of the website is to "monitor the factual accuracy" that is present in American politics. It focuses on statements made by U.S. politicians. The group has a number of journalists who research material.

Factcheck.org is not affiliated with RAND. It was selected for this database because it fits our researchers' inclusion criteria.

Tool type
Fully operational
Intended users
General public
Tool focus
This tool is content-focused. It directly evaluates information, such as the authenticity of a photo.
Method or technology
Human implementation
Is the tool automated?
Founding organization
Annenberg Public Policy Center
Founder/primary contact
Brooks Jackson, director Emeritus; Eugene Kiely, director

How is this tool working to address disinformation?

This tool aims to fight disinformation by identifying, exploring, and correcting false information, giving people a resource for locating fact-based information.

Is there a connection with tech platforms?

Yes. Factcheck.org has received funding from Facebook as part of a project to debunk viral deceptions circulating on the social media site.

Who is funding the tool?

Until 2010, funding for this tool came from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania's resources, funds from the Annenburg Foundation, and grants from the Flora Family Foundation. After 2010, factcheck.org started to receive funding from the public. They do not seek or accept funds from unions, partisan organizations, or advocacy groups.

Are there external evaluations?

None found

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