Today The Washington Post debuts its prototype of Truth Teller, a news application that will fact check speeches in near real time. The Post created this feature with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
“When our politics editor Steven Ginsberg heard a politician give a stump speech filled with inaccurate statements, he wondered if there could ever be a way to instantly verify what a politician says. Live fact-checking can provide incredible insight to journalists and audiences alike, and we are excited to start the process of creating something as unique and valuable as Truth Teller,” said Cory Haik, Executive Producer of Digital News at The Washington Post.
The prototype, available at truthteller.washingtonpost.com, is a step toward creating a Post app that can be used during live speeches and discussions. It currently focuses on the looming debate over tax reform. Users can play videos from President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner and other politicians and instantly see which statements are true, false or misleading. To create Truth Teller, The Post will build upon this prototype to incorporate more issues.