4 fact checking apps to use during tonight's debate

Don't let bad information lead you astray.

These free apps help you separate fact from fiction. Credit: Wikimedia Commons, BU Rob13/Gage

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It's difficult navigating the 2016 political campaign, isn't it? Between Trump's interesting rhetoric and Clinton's poignant ads, it's easy to get lost in the media whirlwind. I'm not sure about you, but I feel like I'm being pulled in multiple directions. Did Trump really say that? What about Clinton's track record? How can I unearth the truth? Fortunately, these free fact checking apps can help you make an informed decision.

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Settle It!

Settle It!
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Sometimes the facts get scrambled up when conversation veers toward the 2016 political campaign. What can I say? It's inevitable. Emotions tend to intensify when we're discussing our country's future.

Settle It! is a great app that puts wild claims and vague statements to rest. Just download the app on your iOS or Android phone, select one of the four bubbles on the screen, and the software will clear up misleading information on the world wide web. You can check out which articles are trending, type in random fact or statement you overheard, take a quiz, and more.


The icon for the Glenn Kessler app is both clever and eye catching. As a long-time fan of the mischievous boy whose nose grows when he lies (aka Pinocchio), I deeply appreciate the association between the moral tale and this year's political campaign. This app helps you stay up to date with Glen Kessler, a journalist and fact checker for the Washington Post. You can read his latest articles, play The Pinocchio Game, and more.


I was instantly drawn to the memeTruth app because of my fondness for internet humor. I can't help it. It's my birthright as a millennial.

This app checks the Internet's top meme's and social media posts for accuracy, effectively weeding out the fake stuff. If you use a social media platform, you're probably well aware of news feeds, which are generally disorganized and filled with random posts. Most news feeds are cluttered with unreliable information and, whether it's true or not, viral posts spread like wildfire. This app analyzes popular claims so you don't have to.


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The fibber app quizzes you on the validity of statements and claims. This app selects various quotes from Trump and Clinton and leaves it up to you to determine whether they're true or false. It reminds me of a video game, but instead of interacting with fictional characters, you're met with caricature portraits of the presidential candidates.

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