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Fake News Alarm!

Not every information provider is committed to high quality standards.
Desinformation becomes a weapon in Cyber War.
Fake News becomes the (fraudulent) means in marketing.
Pseudo-scientific information is supposed to make conspiracy theories, esoterics, homeopathy and the like appear “scientific”.

Vorsicht! by iiciis

Breitbart News is a far-right American news, opinion and commentary website founded in 2007 by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart. The site has published a number of falsehoods and conspiracy theories, as well as intentionally misleading stories (according to Wikipedia). When it suits their purpose, they do not distinguish carefully between facts and opinions (“alternative facts”) as would be good practice in journalism.

Its former executive chairman Steve Bannon declared the website “the platform for the alt-right” (i.e. “Alternative Right”). In the 2016 election campaign, Breitbart News supported Donald Trump. After D. Trump’s victory, Steve Bannon became White House Chief Strategist. He stayed there until 18 August 2017 and has now returned to Breitbart.

The Schmalbart Network not only challenges the “Breitbart News Network” but all kinds of untruth, distortion and forgery in the media. (The address https://www.schmalbart.de/ is not available anymore from February 25, 2020 on.)

RT (formerly Russia Today) is a Russian international television network funded by the Russian government, directed to audiences outside of Russia.” RT has been accused of spreading disinformation by news reporters, and has been repeatedly found to have breached rules on impartiality, and of broadcasting “materially misleading” content. (source Wikipedia)

The ‘EU versus Disinformation’ campaign: Every Thursday, their Disinformation Review publishes cases of news articles carrying pro-Kremlin disinformation in international media, as well as news and analysis on the topic. Opinions expressed there cannot be considered an official EU position.

Österreich” (literally Austria) is a national Austrian daily newspaper owned by Mediengruppe Österreich GmbH. The newspaper runs a 24h-news-television-channel (oe24TV) in cooperation with CNN, as well as the Internet-Portal oe24.at.

Kobuk is an Austrian media watchblog by students of the lecture „Multimedia-Journalismus“ at the Department of Communication at University of Vienna. (https://www.kobuk.at/)

Fact Checkers

The following sites are dedicated to finding the sources and facts behind fake news:

Fact Checking, by iiciis

Further details about snopes.com etc. on our posting;


Entry pages for specific subject areas, disciplines, or industries (eg source directories, address books, bookmarks, etc.):

Portale, by iiciis

Search Engines

No search engine scans all areas of the Internet, not even Google. Each search engine uses its own search algorithm, which also determines how the search results are ranked and displayed.

Suchmaschinen, by iiciis

Institutions of national information infrastructures

Institutions of the national information infrastructures process high-quality information, which they offer as information products and services.

Knowing the right sources (who offers what.) is a building block of information competence.

I-Infrastruktur, by iiciis

These link collections are continuously supplemented. We are grateful for any recommendations.