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Internet Archive adds fact checks to pages on Wayback Machine

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Internet Archive adds fact checks to pages on Wayback Machine
Adding fact checks to Wayback Machine entries lets users get better context as to why certain pages were taken down or revised at a particular point in time

The Internet Archive announced last Friday, October 30, it had added fact checks to pages archived on the Wayback Machine.

The fact checks let users get better context explaining why certain pages were taken down or revised at a particular point in time.

Contributors to the fact checks provided on the Wayback Machine include FactCheck.org, Politifact, Graphika, Stanford Internet Observatory and a host of others.

The Internet Archive explained the reasoning behind adding fact checks to these pages, saying, “We are attempting to preserve our digital history but recognize the issues around providing access to false and misleading information coming from different sources.”

The site added, “By providing convenient links to contextual information we hope that our patrons will better understand what they are reading in the Wayback Machine.” – Rappler.com

Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.