How We are Using OpenSources.Co data

OpenSources.co is a public-domain resource whose goal is to help the public better understand information sources and root out misleading or fake news websites. Through careful analysis by a team of professionals, OpenSources compiles and maintains a database of information sources, each marked with tags signifying the reliability of their content.

Identifact has partnered with OpenSources.co to rate and review online news sources. Identifact’s fact-checking process involves consultation with the OpenSources database wherever possible. The below table demonstrates how OpenSources tags translate to Identifact credibility ratings.


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OpenSources classifies each URL they study into several groups. Identifact will translate each OpenSources classification into its own classification using the following chart:


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Identifact Credibility Points


200 pts

OpenSources.co classification

  • Fake News: Sources that entirely fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual
    news reports.

  • Conspiracy Theory: Sources that are well-known promoters of kooky conspiracy theories.

  • Rumor Mill: Sources that traffic in rumors, gossip, innuendo, and unverified claims.

  • Junk Science: Sources that promote pseudoscience, metaphysics, naturalistic fallacies, and other scientifically dubious claims.

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Identifact Credibility Points


200 pts

OpenSources.co Classification

  • Extreme Bias: Sources that come from a particular point of view and may rely on propaganda, decontextualized information, and opinions distorted as facts.

  • State News: Sources in repressive states operating under government sanction.

  • Hate News: Sources that actively promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.

  • Clickbait: Sources that provide generally credible content, but use exaggerated, misleading, or questionable headlines, social media descriptions, and/or images.

  • Proceed With Caution: Sources that may be reliable, but whose contents require further verification.

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Identifact Credibility Points


200 pts

OpenSources.co Classification

  • Political: Sources that provide generally verifiable information in support of certain points of view or political orientations.

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Identifact Credibility Points

200 pts

Quality Reporting Classification will receive 110 points and 90 points to the Good Reporting Classification. This is due to the fact that OpenSources does not choose to make a finer distinction of “Credible."

OpenSources.co Classification

  • Credible: Sources that circulate news and information in a manner consistent with traditional and ethical practices in journalism (Remember, even credible sources sometimes rely on clickbait-style headlines or occasionally make mistakes. No news organization is perfect, which is why a healthy news diet consists of multiple sources of information).
  • Credible: 90 votes. Very Credible: 110 votes.

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Identifact Credibility Points


200 pts

OpenSources.co Classification

  • Satire: Sources that use humor, irony, exaggeration, ridicule, and false information to comment on current events.

OpenSources.co engages a rigorous, multi-step methodology to rate online information sources. Reviewers weigh every detail, including the website’s domain, aesthetics, metadata, and social media presence, as well as the use of information sources and adherence to recognized style guides within the site’s content. Visit OpenSources.co for more information on the team’s project and rating methodology.


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