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Fake News and Finding Reliable Sources: Tools

This guide covers how to recognize fake news and find reliable news sources. #Fake News

Twitter analytics

Lucahammer twitter analytics provides tweet volume by date, language of tweets, interfaces, most tweeted, most retweeted, hashtags and much more.  


Did you know that it's possible to purchase Twitter followers?  This product helps you find out how many followers are actually legit.  


Viewdns provides a lot of dns and domain information, including Reverse Whois, IP history, Chinese firewall test and more. 

Internet Archive

Sometimes also referred to as the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive is a digital archive. Internet Archive for a couple of decades has been taking snapshots of websites and archiving them. 


Another reverse image search is RevEye. It's a Chrome Add-on. 

Why do a reverse image search:

  • To make sure you're not using a stolen image.
  • To make sure someone hasn't stolen one of your images.
  • To double check what someone looks like before you meet them. 
  • To make sure they are associated with who they claim to be associated with. 
  • To do a reverse image search on yourself to make sure your image isn't being used in a way you aren't aware of. 
  • To avoid being 'catfished', that is having someone pretend to be someone else online. 

VLC Media Player

The VLC Media Player, which is available for most platforms, will allow you to slow down video and to take snapshots.  This is useful when trying to determine the authenticity of a video.  Slowing the video down will allow you to see details you might otherwise miss and when you take a snapshot you can run the image through a reverse image tool to see if it's correctly labeled.  This is very useful. 

Youtube DataViewer

The YouTube dataviewer helps to pull hidden data about the nature of the video you're viewing. It's affiliated with Amnesty International. 



Twitter Advance Search

Twitter has an Advanced Search. Do your search in the search at the top of Twitter, then click on Search Filters and Advanced Search. 


Another good Chrome add-on is Treeverse. This add-on allows users to see howTwitter users are connected to each other. 

You can search domains, that's the base part of the URL, like, provides basic information about that domain, who owns it, sometimes their address, particularly important it'll report when the domain was registered. Recently registered sites don't have a history to check for authority. 

Google Reverse Search

You can search an image on Google by right-clicking the image and choosing search Google for image. You can find out how and where the image has been used. This can be useful in determining if the image is really what's it's labeled as.  

You can upload your own images to Google to search and find if something similar is out there.  Go to. 


Another good reverse image search is TinEye.


Wikimapia labels many of the buildings on maps. It usually provides more information than Google maps. You can use this to confirm the location of buildings. It can be used to double check news stories: Are they where they say they are? Mouse over buildings to see their name. It's not perfect, it's not updated as often as it might be. 

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