Founded in 1995
Snopes.com is a website that conducts extensive fact-checking research on popular topics, often chosen based on reader interest. Snopes uses a number of icons to classify content: True, Mostly True, Mixture, Mostly False, False, Unproven, Outdated, Miscaptioned, Correct Attribution, Misattributed, Scan, and Legend.
Snopes 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
- Snopes Media Group
- Founder/primary contact
- David and Barbara Mikkelson
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. Facebook uses Snopes as fact-checker for Facebook advertising.
Who is funding the tool?
Revenue is driven by advertising
Are there external evaluations?
Snopes was assessed by IFCN. This assessment evluates the tool's accuracy and objectivity, not the efficacy of the tool against disinformation.