The Snopes.com web site was founded by David Mikkelson, a project begun in 1994 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends that has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet — one widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the world’s essential resources.
Snopes.com is routinely included in annual “Best of the Web” lists and has been the recipient of two Webby awards.
Africa Check is a non-profit organisation set up in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa. The goal of their work is to raise the quality of information available to society across the continent.
As former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says: “For democracies to function properly, for people to make informed decisions about their lives, the claims made in the public domain must be held up to scrutiny and their veracity checked openly and impartially.
“I salute the work of Africa Check, as an important initiative engaging with journalists and citizens across the continent to raise the level of public debate.”
Link: Africa Check
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.
PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters at The Poynter Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school for journalists based in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times. The state sites and PunditFact follow the same principles as the national site.
Link: Politifact and Politifact Global News