After the election, there’s been a lot of talk about the media in America. People are questioning bias, discussing the issues with fake news sites and generally bringing to light the issues with online media today. Which is great! Not everyone is great at recognizing bias or fake news but not to worry, there’s a Chrome, and soon Firefox, add on for that. Media Bias/Fact Check Icon is the add on that lets you know if a news source is good or junk.
The add on uses information from the Media Bias Fact Check website so every news site you land on won’t trigger the add on but it will catch many of them. It gives you a quick clear reading so that you know where the bias of the site is (left, right, or center) or if they are satire or not.
This isn’t a perfect tool and it leaves a lot to be desired but something as simple as this may help stem the spread of inaccurate, or at worst, false news stories through social media. Media Bias/Fact Check is a free add-on.