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LazyTruth Puts Fact Checks Email Forwards Right in Your Inbox

If you get a lot of forwards from well meaning relatives and want to instantly and effortlessly verify their content, LazyTruth is a Chrome extension that fact-checks forwarded emails in Gmail.

It’s a rather novel concept: install LazyTruth and anytime you get a forwarded email you’re one click away from instant fact checking. LazyTruth checks keywords in the email against FactCheck.org and Politifiact (Snopes.com missing seems like a big oversight, hopefully they’ll be adding it soon).

LazyTruth is currently Gmail/Chrome only. Hit up the link below to grab a copy.

LazyTruth [via O'Reilly Radar]

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  • Published 11/19/12

Comments (3)

  1. Dark Reality

    No, Snopes.com being left out is a good feature. Snopes is for sale to anybody with the money. Look at any of their Disney rumors. Consider The Little Mermaid. Everyone knows there’s a part of, um, male anatomy on the cover. Disney knows this as well, and changed the cover. This is well known. Snopes however has a different take. Snopes presents the case as “A disgruntled artist put it there” and says it’s false. They don’t actually deny that it was there, but they throw up this ridiculous strawman.

    Aladdin is worse. A subliminal message was slipped in that says “Good boys and girls take off your clothes”. The Snopes article claims it says “Good teenagers take off your clothes” and rules it false. Well yeah, that’s false because it never says teenagers. Nobody said it did.

    I don’t know if the people at Snopes took a big pile of money from Disney, or they’re just that stupid. I don’t think they’re stupid people. So barring a third explanation, I believe Snopes’ “fact checking” is subject to payoff and cover up.

  2. tony

    You wrote all that about Snopes, which isn’t referenced by the extension and didn’t mention the failings of Politifact? In the grand scheme of things, I think reliable verification of what your elected officials are saying in doing is far more important than the what someone claims to see or hear in a Disney movie, and Politifact fails at this.

  3. Dark Reality

    Snopes is mentioned by the article, and I’m not familiar with Politifact.

    The last part of what you’re saying is basically true; however, for an extension like this, any false statement should be equally verifiable as false. That’s its purpose, not to examine the ramifications of being misled by the false statement.

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