Like Virus Myths, Snopes, and other resources, this is a valuable verification tool and users for social networking “breaking news” which is constantly being shared. However, no matter what news source is offered, it is better to affirm with mainstream news sources, rather than through Facebook or email


Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop best practices for debunking misinformation. Read more about the research here.