Tinder-style games help people identify fake news

Since the 2016 presidential election, the concept of fake news has caused many Americans to question the veracity of the information they consume daily. 32% of Americans have seen fake news online, and nearly half believe that social networking sites and search engines are responsible for preventing its proliferation. In light of this, fact-checkers have created games to help the public identify fake news for themselves, one swipe at a time.


PolitiTruth, a non-profit game designed by Christopher Cinq-Mars Jarvis, compiles headlines and quotes that users swipe left or right on to determine which are fake and which are true. The app anonymously compares your score to others playing to show how you rank in comparison and identifies the stories people are most frequently getting incorrect. The data is also used to help with surveys on public misconceptions in politics to help strengthen the statistics and reduce response bias. The app can be downloaded via the app store on iTunes or Android.


The swiping continues with Factitious, a game created by seasoned journalist, Maggie Farley. Farley created the app with the target audience as teenagers but quickly realized that players of all ages could greatly benefit from the game. The game has users swipe through a series of articles to try to determine which are real and which are fake. It also provides the source of the article as a hint if you aren’t ready to make your guess. Once you swipe, Factitious will provide feedback on the answer, whether correct or incorrect.


To spice things up and add an extra challenge to the swiping-style format, Fake News: The Game has added a time limit. The app, developed by creative agency ISL, generates its headlines daily from sources such as Snopes, PolitiFact, and FactCheck.org. The app can be connected to Amazon’s Alexa as an Alexa Skill, and it has also been made into an arcade game that can be played at Penn Social in Washington D.C. The app is available for all iOS devices.