AI fact-checking tools

AI fact-checking tools

Bellingcat’s Digital Forensics Tools
Open source verification and investigative tools.

Bellingcat: Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification

Craig Silverman’s Verification and Digital Investigations Resources
Essential plugins and tools for general OSINT/online research work.

BBC Africa Eye Forensics Dashboard
A StartMe page with dozens of useful OSINT tools.

Digital Investigations Substack Newsletter
Craig Silverman’s excellent newsletter on fact-checking tools and techniques.

GIJN: How to Identify and Investigate AI Audio Deepfakes, a Major 2024 Election Threat 

Verification Handbook: How to Think About Deepfakes and Emerging Manipulation Technologies

DHS Study: Increasing Threat of Deepfake Identities

Generative AI in the Newsroom: What’s in OpenAI’s Custom GPT Store for Journalists? 

Fact-Checking ChatGPT Custom GPT
Checking facts in your text, providing quotes from reliable sources

Quickly discover and book leading experts for your news stories with this AI-powered newsgathering platform. The site also features Information Tracer, which tracks disinformation spreaders on social media.

Information Tracer
This tool helps detect coordinated misinformation campaigns. It helps journalists collect, contextualize, and visualize cross-platform social media data. The system uses a combination of algorithms to detect emerging narratives and coordinated patterns.

Sourcer AI
AI-powered Chrome extension that tracks article reputability and bias. Measures if an article is left- or right-leaning. Free with $5 monthly upgrade.

Whisper WebGPU
A real-time in-browser speech recognition with OpenAI Whisper. The model runs fully on-device and supports  transcription across 100 different languages.

Is It AI? Text Detector

Poynter: How Fact-Checkers Can Use AI Wisely
Excellent tips and tools

Look up details on web addresses (owners, etc.)

Phone Validator
Use this database to verify phone numbers. Good way to detect robo-call and spam numbers.

A free tool to analyze the ad trackers, external links, and other details of a website.

Google added new generative AI features that help reporters evaluate documents or a collection of documents by asking questions to better understand key points.” It includes a free online lesson, “Introduction to AI for Journalists.”

Which Face Is Real?
Test your ability to check for deepfakes.

The Glorious ContextuBot
This tool from SharedNation detects the original source of audio files.

BBC Verify
Stories dedicated to fact-checks.

A custom GPT created by a Bellingcat community member that’s trained on open-source investigation guides and cases

Provides you with a powerful set of tools to help you verify the authenticity of news and statements quickly and conveniently. On the homepage, click on “Check Authenticity”. You’ll then find a text box and enter the claim you wish to fact-check into the box. After entering the claim, click the “Check Authenticity” button. Our app will analyze the article and provide you with the result.

IJNet: Tracking Disinformation? These AI Tools Can Help

BBC: Content Provenance and the Fight Against Disinformation

Exorde Network
Exorde is the protocol that analyses web sentiment and trends in real-time, thanks to AI and decentralization. The global platform tracks the spread and virality of information pieces on the internet.

AI-driven tool tracks disinformation in content and point journalists to credible sources. Includes a database called FactiSearch.

X Detector
An advanced multilingual tool designed to identify content generated by leading AI models. It supports detection of more than a dozen languages with high accuracy. No matter who you are, X Detector provides reliable and precise detection to ensure accurate identification of AI-generated content.

Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard
Focuses on media messages and narratives promoted by the Russian, Chinese and Iranian governments, including social media search.

Media Bias/Fact Check
Rates websites and media organizations on their bias, political affiliation, etc.

Climate Feedback
Debunks fake climate news.

Claim Buster
Innovative fact-check feature utilizes advanced algorithms to scan for false claims, misleading statements, and other discrepancies in online news articles. From the University of Texas at Austin.

Finds integrity issues in scientific articles

Harvard Kennedy School: Misinformation Reloaded? Fears About the Impact of Generative AI on Misinformation are Overblown

Longshot: Top AI Fact-Checking Tools

Lifewire: How AI Could Protect Against Misinformation

ICFJ: Advice for Tackling Rising Disinformation Ahead of Pivotal Elections Globally

GIJN: Questions and Tips to Guide Website Investigations

Washington Post: AI is Destabilizing ‘the Concept of Truth Itself’ in 2024 Election

Deeptrace Labs

ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database
Find out who’s behind more than 810,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts from the Pandora Papers, Paradise Papers, Bahamas Leaks, Panama Papers and Offshore Leaks investigations.

This tool from Henk Van Ess helps you search for information in Facebook. It is a non-public Facebook keyword search for people who work in the public interest. It allows you to search keywords on specific dates.

Another Henk Van Ess-inspired tool, this is a simple interface to show how the new Facebook search function worksafter Graph search was closed. Although still experimental and in development, it is published in the hope it can be useful to overcome the void left by the old graph search. 

Database that helps you track European companiesDomain Digger
A simple domain lookup tool that shows you DNS, WHOIS, Certificates, and subdomains in a single screen.

Use FactGPT for accurate, fact-checked content

PC Magazine: Take Our AI Deepfakes Quiz

GNI: El Confidencial Develops Research Tool to Analyze/Visualize Information Online
Digital newspaper El Confidencial develops a research tool to help journalists find, visualize, and analyze online information — and write better stories.


Poynter: AI Detection Tools for Audio Deepfakes Fall Short
Experts test four tools and show options on what to do. 

Check images, video and audio. Free but requires signup. Several AI detectors produce results in a PDF.

Resemble AI
Paid tool that does spectral audio analysis and detects tiny artifacts.

Realtime audio deepfake detection

Spectrum Analyzer
Fact-check audio

AI Voice Detector
Free. Upload audio to scan. Also available as a browser extension.

Claims to have the ability to detect AI-generated images. Cost: $30 monthly with annual packages. You can schedule a free demo.

Freemium text-to-voice tool

Sensity AI
Sensity AI’s fact-check feature uses natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to compare a given piece of text to an extensive database of reliable sources. It can detect when false or misleading information has been posted and provide warnings to users before they share it with their networks. 

A freemium tool to identify the location of an uploaded photo. Paid version GeoSpy Pro, will analyze large sets of images and generate insights from the data.

Photo geolocation

Geolocation Estimation
Free tool. Upload a photo to find the location.

Quick Geolocation Search
A simple tool helps save a lot of time when gathering information about geolocation. Enter latitude and longitude (or choose location on map) once and click the buttons with the names of online maps, to quickly jump to it.

GIJN: How to Use SunCalc to Geolocate Photos and Videos

Lets users analyze the position of shadows and the sun at any given time and date, at any given location.

Shadow Finder Collab
Find a location of a photo using shadows in it. Watch this video on how to use it.

Every mountain, building and tree shadow in the world simulated for any date and time. Great for fact-checking images.
Detect AI images and audio.

Is It AI? Image Detector

Hive AI Detection
Check photos, video, audio and text. Freemium tool and you can request a demo.
AI, synthetic and deepfake image detection

Maybe’s AI Art Detector

An AI-based deepfake protection platform

FactCheck Explorer Analysis Tools
Filter and analyze date from the Google Fact Check Explorer

Quick Viewer
View multiple saved versions of a particular web page at the same time. One randomly selected for each year.

Identity verification and facial recognition 

Detects AI-generated images and content

Content Credentials
Designed to address the challenges posed by deepfakes, voice cloning and synthetic media.

A digital security platform that provides businesses with tools to prevent fake users, bots, and fraudulent activity.

Database Search Engine
Perform domain, name and keyword searches across more than 1,300 databases.

Scans an removes malware from PDFs and other docs. Run it through here if you are unsure of a document’s source.

Finding People With Their Faces
Techjournalist article on using facial recognition software.

Use it for facial recognition in photos
Facial recognition tool.

Performs a variety of facial recognition functions.

A browser-based scanner and smartphone app. It uses multiple techniques to detect if an image or video has been tampered with, manipulated or synthesized.

Upload an image and it breaks it down by pixel to see if changes have been made. Similar to FotoForensics.
Detects deepfake videos.

Free online EXIF viewer

DeFake Project
Combines user studies with journalists as well as the latest in the AI research to develop a tool that would help the journalists detect these videos.

Tags that help ID fact-checked stories

Gives scores for Twitter accounts, with a low score for human accounts and a high score for a bot.

Tracks the path of articles and gives scores to them. Good for flagging fake news.

The Factual
Algorithm rates news articles on quality of sources, expertise, etc. AI Content Detector
Try for free, then $18 a month. Checks up to 5,000 words at a time.


Verify visual content 

Identify AI-generated content

Assists with open-source research. You can ask it to help investigate a domain, email, name etc.

Sherlock Eye
An email search tool that’s similar to haveibeenpwned with a few enhancements.

EXIF Data Viewer



Verification plugin – WeVerify
A collection of image and video verification tools from InVID.
Paid people search tool.

Lol Archiver
Contact search tool

Browser extension that collects data as you use social platforms including TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Locate where a photo was taken

Image Match
Compare two images to see if they match.

Google Search Results Scraper
A Chrome extension that collects Google search results and puts them into an Excel file.

Deepfakes Tools Page page dedicated to deepfake tools, including those used for detection

This Person Does Not Exist
Reload to see AI-driven images of deepfake photos of people.

Washington Post: Fact-Checkers Guide to Manipulated Video


We Verify Browser Plug-in
Fact-checking plug-in for Google Chrome

Google Images: Reverse Image Search
Fact-check photos and see when they were first posted.

Video: How to Use Google Reverse Image Search

Similar to Google Image search. Fact-check photos.

Foto Forensics
Put in an image URL or drag a photo into this free tool to see how much editing has been done to it. Great for fact-checking fake photos.

Similar to Foto Forensics, it breaks down meta-data and other parts of photos for fact-checking.

Image forensics tool. Use to fact-check images by confirming locations.
Can be used to play YouTube and Vimeo videos frame by frame, to see any inconsistencies in content.

YouTube DataViewer
Extract metadata from YouTube videos and reverse-image search the thumbnails of the video to see where it has appeared.

IJNet: How AI-Generated Images are Complicating Efforts to Combat Disinformation


Poynter: What is Pink Slime Journalism?

Vox: Don’t Believe Everything You See and Hear About Israel and Palestine

Bellingcat’s Digital Forensics Tools
Open source verification and investigative tools.

Bellingcat: Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification

Craig Silverman’s Verification and Digital Investigations Resources
Essential plugins and tools for general OSINT/online research work.

BBC Africa Eye Forensics Dashboard
A StartMe page with dozens of useful OSINT tools.

GIJN: Spotting Deepfakes in an Election Year: How AI Detection Tools Work — and Sometimes Fail 

Rest of the World Election AI Tracker
A nonprofit publication that is tracking the most noteworthy incidents of AI-generated election content globally. Funded by the Ford Foundation, among others.

GIJN: A Reporter’s Toolbox for Tracking Political Extremism

Reuters Fact-Checking Page
Highlights fact-checks on breaking stories.
Dozens of resources from the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Washington Post: Fact-Checker Tool

Track where and how fake news is spreading over social channels. Built by Indiana University.

CUNY: Fact-Checking, Verification and Fake News Guide

Duke Reporter’s Lab Fact-Checking Tools

Knight Science Journalism at MIT Fact-Checking Project


Browse AI
Train a robot to extract and monitor data from a website

NY Times: Test Yourself – Which Faces Were Made by AI?
Take the online quiz to see how good you are at detecting AI-generated images.
A simple to use website tracker

Tracks website updates. Has free and paid options

Monitor web pages for changes. Lots of pro features. Daily/weekly summary email. Monitor pages which require clicks or submission of values. Monitor specific parts of a page. Download data. Free plan monitors up to five pages.. $5 a month after that.

CCIJ Training YouTube Channel
Trainings on OSINT and many other investigative tools.

Keep track of key changes to your competitors’ websites. Get alerts on key changes, including staff changes, pricing tweaks, new products, address changes, and more. Free trial, then paid

Compint Competitor Website Monitoring
Track competitors website changes on a daily basis while controlling frequency and sensitivity. Free tool.

Skip Tracer
Collect and search YouTube transcripts for multiple videos from a channel.

Digital Investigations Newsletter: Guide to Investigating Digital Election Ads

GIJN Guide to Fact-Checking Investigative Stories

GIJN: Simple Tips for Verifying if a Tweet Screenshot Is Real or Fake

GIJN: Deepfake Satellite Imagery

GIJN: How to Spot Deep Fake Videos

GIJN: Video Resources for Mapping, Satellites, Storytelling, Testing, Tracking, and Disinformation

GIJN: Comprehensive Fact-Checking Guide

GIJN: Fact-Checking & Verification Guide

GIJN: A Global Guide to Initiatives Tackling Fake News

GIJN Tipsheet: How to Monitor Social Media for Misinformation

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Advanced Guide to Verifying Video Content

GIJN: New Technology and Online Resources to Conduct Investigations With Old Photos

GIJN: Fact-Checking and Verification

GIJN: Advanced Guide on Verifying Video Content

Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting

Verification Handbook, Vol. II

Verification Handbook, Vol. I

IJNET: 13 Tips for Investigating Political Disinformation

IJNET: Environmental Reporters Face Disinformation Threats in China’s Restrictive Political Climate

IJNET: A Short Guide to the History of “Fake News” and Disinformation

MIT: Detect Deep-Fakes

Politifact: How to Avoid Falling for Fake News

ONA: COVID-19 Misinformation Playbook

ClaimReview Project


Twitter: 5 Tips for Spotting Misinformation on Twitter

Nordis: Fact-Checking Tools Database
Website owner details. Retrieve names, ABNs, emails.

YouTube Metadata
Grabs singular details about a video and its uploader, playlist and creator/channel. Submit a link to a video, playlist or channel. Has reverse image/video search built-in.

Geolocation Estimation
Helps locate geotagged images on a map.

The Media Manipulation Casebook

Flashpoint: OSINT Tools Library

Free online EXIF viewer and remover. It’s useful to journalists for fact-checking, image location search, photojournalism. There are few other similar websites available, but some of them lack a secure HTTPS connection or the ability to remove EXIF data, not just view it.

Media Manipulation Casebook
From Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, this digital research platform linking together theory, methods, and practice for mapping media manipulation and disinformation campaigns. This resource is intended for researchers, journalists, technologists, policymakers, educators, and civil society organizers who want to learn about detecting, documenting, describing, and debunking misinformation.

Facial recognition reverse image search.

BBC Africa Eye: Digital Forensics Dashboard
A collation of some essential tools tailored to journalists using open source intelligence (OSINT) to carry out investigations.

The Journalist’s Resource: Covering Public Officials Who Spread Misinformation

Media Manipulation Casebook

The Media Manipulation Casebook

Read, write and edit meta information in photos.

Videos: Online Investigative Tips for Journalists

Who Posted What?

Trusting News: How to Build Trust with your TV Audience

First Draft News: Guides to Verify Photos and Videos
The site includes a searchable database that shares the best examples of what has worked for media outlets to earn trust from readers. It’s organized around the problems we know you’re facing and allows you to filter around these themes and drill down to get even more specific help.

Travel Time Map
Estimates travel time by driving, walking, public transport, etc. Good for confirming timelines in investigative or crime stories.
Mistakes in movies, books, quotes, TV shows, etc.

Federal Trade Commission: Job Scams

Verification Junkie
This tool from Josh Stearns centralizes several social media verification tools in one place. Great for reporting and fact-checking on deadline.


Detect ChatGPT, GPT3, GPT4, Bard, and other AI models. Various settings for AI and human + AI.

AI detection tool. Free with paid upgrades. Available as a Chrome extension as well.

Free AI detection tool with paid upgrades. Tracks several tools, including Claude.

Revision History
An extension for Chrome and Edge browsers that lets educators to see the edit history of students’ assignments in Google Docs.

Identify AI-generated content
Find the detectable traces of AI and suggest rewrites to remove them.
The most accurate Chat GPT, Bard, Paraphrasing, and GPT-4 AI detector built specifically for content marketers and SEO. Charges a dime for every 1,000 words checked. Available as a Chrome extension as well. Price plans start at $15 a month.

Best Colleges: Best AI Detection Software