Check The Facts

Fact checking

There are increasing numbers of fact-checking organisations and websites that aim to improve the quality of research evidence. Here are some of the main ones:

Full Fact is the UK’s independent fact checking charity. It provides free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims they hear from politicians and the media.

This is Ben Goldacre's column from The Guardian in weblog format. It covers media misrepresentations of science, with a particular focus on medicine and also includes a forum.

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. It advocates openness and honesty about research findings, and works to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policy making.

If you want to know whether a product claim, policy statement, newspaper article or advert is backed by scientific evidence, ask.

Ask for Evidence is a campaign that encourages people to request evidence for claims they come across.This tool was built to make asking as easy as possible and to create an Ask for Evidence log recording all the evidence hunting going on.

After fact-checking claims in the 2015 U.K. election, the publicly funded, non-commercial BBC revived its Reality Check team to examine claims made in the run-up to the June 23, 2016, "Brexit" referendum, in which voters will be asked whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union.

Fact-checks by Channel 4 News journalists.

The Reporters’ Lab maintains a database of global fact-checking sites. They identify over 100 active fact-checking organisations around the world, with links and details. You can use the online map to explore sites worldwide.

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