Usage

Beeing cured from fake news has never been that simple

Six levels of credibility

Become a sentinel

Fake news are able to mimic the style and the form of credible news. This is why it is very hard to detect them. Politician speech, videos, images and articles can integrate unsourced information.

We believe that we can identify fake news. With our web tools SERUM, you can now rate a website based on your personal knowledge. Six scores are available.

100% fake

The website contain elements which are confirmed as fake.

Probably fake

The website may contain elements which are confirmed as fake.

Hard to tell

We cannot tell if the elements are real or fake.

Probably true

The website is likely to contain real facts

100% true

The website only contains real facts.

Usage

Learn to be a fact-master

SERUM evaluates facts and not opinions. It is common that rumors spread and impact opinions on very important subjects. Even though the opinion given by an article or a website is different from yours, you should never judge it on its opinion but on the veracity of its facts.

CITATIONS

When a journalist reports a speech, you should judge if yes or no the citation has been said, in the same context. Some citations could win a trophy for its stupidity but this is not what we evaluate.

EXAMPLE

'Donald Trump has affirmed Wednesday that the 'two states solution' is not the only one to solve the israelo-palestinian conflict [...]'

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Did Trump affirmed that the 'two states solution' is not the only one to solve the israelo-palestinian conflict?
Yes, he did.


Does the 'two states solution' is the only one to solve the israelo-palestinian conflict?
This is a personal opinion of Donald Trump and not of the journalist. In this context, the website is not judged for the reported speech.


100% true

The website only contains real facts.

OPINIONS

Chroniclers have the habit to adopt strong opinions. Sometimes, it is based on facts that can be hardly verified and presented without sources. SERUM does not evaluate the opinion but always the facts which support the chronicler's opinion.

EXAMPLE

'Justin Trudeau should build bridges with Donald Trump. He must renegotiate a free trade agreement with this guy. More than 500,000 jobs in Québec depends directly on the opening of the borders. [...]'

Éric Duhaime

Do 500,000 jobs in Québec depends directly on the opening of the borders ?
Wihtout sources, it is hard to believe this statistic. It is probably wrong or fake.


Should Justin Trudeau build bridges with Donald Trump?
SERUM should not be the place to answer this personal question. Éric Duhaime believes that Trudeau should, but it is founded on a probably fake statistic.


Probably fake

The website may contain elements which are confirmed as fake.

HUMOR

Humoristic news or videos should not be evaluated. We expect to add a new category 'Humor' in the rate pad.

EXAMPLE

'Nathalie Normandeau has been elected as vice-president of the Québec prison committee.'

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Is it a joke?
Yes, it is. This website is known for its satires.