Ideas for a fact checking widget

Just had this idea, writ­ing while I’m ex­cited about it -

We all know the prob­lem of fake new, of too much in­for­ma­tion to be checked—and that most peo­ple don’t know how to do that, don’t want to, or just don’t have the time or en­ergy.

And i can’t blame them, it is hard. it’s not like i fact-check ev­ery­thing i read.

so here’s what i would like to see -

An em­bed­ded wid­get for news-sites, that au­to­mat­i­cally cu­rates fact check­ing from many/​all fact-check­ing web­sites. this is not a web­site or a browser ex­ten­sion that does it, but server-side. so ev­ery­one read­ing the ar­ti­cle would see the fact check­ing re­sults, and also see whether there’s a con­sen­sus or a dis­agree­ment be­tween the fact-check­ers.

This will make peo­ple think crit­i­cally about the things they read, and jour­nal­ists at ma­jor news or­ga­ni­za­tions would think twice be­fore pub­lish­ing.

And this isn’t use­ful only for news out­lets—this can also be used by so­cial me­dia (YouTube, Face­book, Twit­ter, Red­dit). If a post had any fact check­ing made on it, it’ll have a small icon, which brings up a popup with the wid­get once clicked. truly, it can be used in any place which wants it’s au­di­ence to think crit­i­cally.

It can be done us­ing a URL based ap­proach, like the new dis­sen­ter ex­ten­sion. but how it is de­vel­oped mat­ters less, so i won’t elab­o­rate on that.

the main caveat is—most news out­lets don’t have an in­cen­tive to em­bed this wid­get un­less many do and it be­comes the norm (cause the cred­i­bil­ity it gives them isn’t worth the added effort). so you got a co­or­di­na­tion prob­lem.

but I’m op­ti­mistic. i know many news sources which i be­lieve would like to be­come first adopters. and when you already have ~40 web­sites (plus all the fact check­ers) it’s eas­ier to put pres­sure on larger out­lets. un­til it’s em­bed­ded at most places it should, and peo­ple be­come sep­tic of those who don’t em­bed it.

I’m not a de­vel­oper but to me it doesn’t seem very com­pli­cated to de­velop (cor­rect me if I’m wrong). but i think it has great po­ten­tial.

Please share your thoughts, and if you would be will­ing to help make this a re­al­ity in any way.