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Share the Facts

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Share the Facts

The Share the Facts widget provides a new way for readers to share fact-check articles and spread them virally across the Internet. The compact Share the Facts box summarizes the claim being checked and the fact-checkers’ conclusion in a mobile-friendly format. The widgets have a consistent look but can be customized with the fact-checkers’ logos and ratings, such as Pinocchios or the Truth-O-Meter. The standardization allows readers to recognize fact-checking whenever they come across it on the web and to post Share the Facts on social media and embed the boxes in articles and blog posts. Fact-checkers can create Share the Facts boxes using a simple template developed by the Duke Reporters’ Lab. The form generates the HTML of the box that can be pasted into a content management system (CMS) or embedded in the same way as a tweet. Fact-checkers who use the widget in their work can receive a special display in Google search results and Google News, and they have the ability to participate in future fact-checking products being developed at Duke. Share the Facts boxes are fully machine-readable, enabling new ways of assembling automated collections of fact-check findings from across the Internet. For example, you could set up a page that compiles Share the Fact boxes from a single event or individual. Share the Facts will be helpful to columnists and bloggers because they’ll be able to compile and display several boxes for a debate or a candidate the same way they embed tweets. Share the Facts was developed by the Duke Reporters’ Lab and Jigsaw, a technology incubator within Alphabet, the parent company of Google. This will be added to Information Quality Resources Subject Trace™. This will be added to Artificial Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Script Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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