Founded in 2017

KnowNews is a browser extension developed through the Media Monitoring Africa Initiative that classifies news sites based on their credibility. Sites are rated as credible, dodgy, or not rated.

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

Tool type
Credibility scoring
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
Media Monitoring Africa
Founder/primary contact
Thandi Smith

How is this tool working to address disinformation?

This tool uses assessments and scoring of source quality (based on accuracy, objectivity, etc.) to guide readers toward higher-quality information rather than low-quality information.

Is there a connection with tech platforms?

Yes (partner with Facebook, Google)

Who is funding the tool?

Partners include Facebook, press council, Jim Joel Fund, fpb, mtn, oppenheimer memorial trust, Luminate, SANEF, Support Public Broadcasting, Open data durban, Open Society Foundation for South Africa, Google, DG Murray Trust, the Raith Foundation, Volunteers for International Development, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Open Up, Konrad Adenau Stiftung

Are there external evaluations?

None found

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