WashPo Launches Real-Time Fact Check App
The Washington Post today rolled out its new Truth Teller app, which fact checks speeches in near real time.
The Post created the app with funding from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund.
The prototype, available at truthteller.washingtonpost.com, 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 the prototype, the Post is using several technologies by combining video and audio extraction with a speech-to-text technology to search databases of facts and fact checks. For the full version of Truth Teller, the Post will build upon this prototype to incorporate more issues.
“This first iteration of Truth Teller will shed light on an important, timely discussion that is often filled with political rhetoric,” Steven Ginsberg, the Post’s politics editor, said in a statement. “When Truth Teller evolves to the product we’ve envisioned, it will be a tool that addresses broad issues instantly, complementing the in-depth nature of The Post’s Fact Checker blog.”