I built a platform for journalism with “open source” fact checking. In the age of information (and misinformation) overload, the goal is to help the best journalists stand out by making their fact checking process fully transparent and reviewable....
There are a lot of projects out there trying to detect and flag misinformation. Even though I know these projects have the best of intentions, I believe they’ll never be able to keep up. The energy it takes to refute bullshit is much greater than the energy to produce it. \1])
Instead, I’m trying a different approach. I recently launched this platform for journalism with “open source” fact checking. Journalists can easily annotate their articles with their fact checking so that the readers can verify the evidence and reasoning for themselves, whenever they like. The hope is that by making it easy for the best journalists to “show their work”, in a way that’s easily reviewable by readers, they'll stand out from those who have no work to show. You can check it out here!
My name is Yaz Sinan, a programmer out of Toronto who’s been experimenting with building fact checking tools over the last 3 years. In that time I’ve also personally participated in over 500 fact checks. Ask me anything!
P.S (worth mentioning):
– this approach only works for journalism covering information based on publicly reviewable evidence. This includes legislation, public government initiatives, whistle blower documents, and scientific data. This isn’t a good fit for journalism based on undocumented sources.
- This approach doesn’t eliminate bias. One can provide completely accurate facts and still introduce bias by omitting facts that don’t agree with their views. I do think however that helping the accurate provable facts stand out from everything else would still be a meaningful improvement to what we have today.
- I don’t expect the average reader to click into and explore the evidence for every claim. Just like the average consumer of open source code rarely reads the code. The point though is that it’s out there for anyone who wants to check it, so whoever wants to double check can do so anytime.
- Our next big project is fact checking the commitments and track records of the Democratic Presidential candidates. DM me if you’re interested in participating!
 Paraphrasing Alberto Brandolini
Edit 1: Wow! Thank you all for this incredible response! If you like the idea of journalism with completely reviewable evidence and and reviewable reasoning - subscribe to SourcedFact articles! Everything we research is under the Creative Commons License, so completely free for anyone to read and completely free for any journalist to use in their own work. https://sourcedfact.com/subscribe/
Will be signing off for tonight, but will continue to answer questions tomorrow. Thanks again for all of the support!