Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online


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Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online

The best tools, tips and methods for verifying information online.

Type: Webinar

Originally Broadcast July 11, 2018

Time Estimate: One hour



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Over the past few years, misinformation has exploded online. Hoaxes go viral on social media after most breaking news events, manipulated videos dupe internet users into sharing them and fake news sites publish fabricated stories and cash in on the traffic. But as the amount of fakery on the internet has expanded, so too have tools that help users verify information.

Fact-checking reporter Daniel Funke and digital tools reporter Ren LaForme will share some of the best tools, tips and methods for verifying information online.

Learn how to check the veracity of images using tools like RevEye and Google’s Reverse Image Search, pick apart viral social media videos with InVid and YouTube Dataviewer and assess social media profiles with Account Analysis and StalkScan. We’ll also share more advanced tools for more experienced debunkers.


  • How to tell whether a news story is real or fake
  • Best practices for verifying images online and on mobile
  • How to verify social media videos
  • Quick ways to see if a social media profile is fake
  • How to debunk claims using geolocation tools


Anyone who is interested in reading and sharing truthful information online should attend this webinar. Professional reporters and editors will benefit from using these tools in their fact-checking processes, while media students and professors will glean best practices to use inside and outside the classroom. General news consumers will also learn techniques to quickly tell whether or not the social media posts they’re about to share are true or not.

Writers and editors looking to write complex information with clarity


Ren LaForme

Ren LaForme is the Digital Tools Reporter for Poynter.org. He runs Try This! — Tools for Journalism, which is an effort to find, share and provide training around the best digital tools for journalists.

He also frequently uses his vanity title, Executive Director of Awesome.

Daniel Funke

Daniel Funke covers fact-checking, online misinformation and fake news for the International Fact-Checking Network at The Poynter Institute. He previously reported for Poynter as a Google News Lab Fellow and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the recent University of Georgia graduate can be found at your local brewery.