BS Detector Lets You Know When You Read a Fake News Source

Chrome: Facebook has a very serious problem with fake news . To help combat this, BS Detector will display a small red warning when you are about to click a link coming from a questionable, “satirical” or fake news source.

While most of us are already programmed to ignore the notoriously fake tabloids in supermarkets, we are still adapting to the era of fake news on the Internet. Sharing an article from a site created by a Macedonian teenager is as easy as publishing an article from the Washington Post. If you are not used to checking the reliability of news sources, you can easily be fooled. The BS detector makes it easier to distinguish wheat from chaff.

The extension is relatively simple and uses a basic list of fake news sources as a guide. You can find many similar lists on the Internet . As with any other case, you probably shouldn’t consider BS Detector sacred – even the extension can give false positives – but if you get a warning while using it, perhaps seek confirmation from another source before trusting what you read. … Or do it regardless of what the extension says. It’s just good practice.

Update: In a previous version of this article, it was stated that the source list for BS Detector is not available. It is, and you can view the project listing on the Github page here .

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