How to Use Trusted Times

Trusted Times uses an extensive list of more than 7,500 (and growing) news sources to help users identify fake or unreliable news websites. Depending on the “Trust Factors”, the Trusted Times icon changes dynamically (from black to green or blue or orange or X) to notify you whether a news website can be trusted or not. When the user browses to one of the selected mainstream media websites, Trusted Times uses advanced machine learning algorithms to provide rich analysis about the article and the author’s and the new source’s historical patterns.

For any given news article, Trusted Times answers the following questions:

  • Can this news source be trusted?
  • What is the author’s attitude towards the different subjects discussed in the article?
  • Does the author exhibit a pattern of bias towards any subject?
  • Does the news source exhibit a pattern of bias towards any subject?
  • What’s the overall message (summary) of this article?

The Icons

A Trusted Times icon will appear on the URL bar of your browser.

Icons  Explanation
icon4 This is the default icon of the extension as the website is loading.
na-help This icon indicates this website is most likely not a news website. Trusted Times will not do any further analysis of any article on this website.
tmlis-help This icon indicates this is a reliable mainstream news website. Trusted Times will provide additional analysis for any article included on this website.
verified-help This icon indicates this is a reliable website. Information mentioned here will be usually verifiable. Trusted Times will provide the user an option to show additional analysis.
unreliable-help This icon indicates this is an unreliable website. This site has a history of publishing heavily biased and misleading information.
fake-help This icon indicates this is a fake news website. Information mentioned here will be typically fabricated and not based on fact or real news.

The Summary

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The summary shows an overview of the article.

The Article Analysis

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From the article, all the relevant subjects such as people, organizations, titles and offices, etc., are extracted. Then for each subject, the technology determines whether the article’s language or sentiment is positive, negative or neutral. In some cases, you may see duplicate subjects, e.g. Obama – where one may refer to Obama Foundation, whereas the other may refer to Barack Obama.

The Author Analysis

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From the selected mainstream news websites, Trusted Times provides a pattern analysis of every author’s attitude, opinion or sentiment towards the subject based on previous articles written by the same author. At this moment, the technology provides a detailed pattern analysis for each author contributing to a news website.

The Source Analysis

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From selected mainstream news websites, Trusted Times provides a pattern of this news source’s attitude, opinion or language towards a subject based on previous articles published by this source. At this moment, the technology provides a detailed pattern analysis for the selected mainstream news website.

Reviews of Statements from PolitiFact

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In addition to providing detailed analysis, for some articles (& some publications), we analyze some of the discussed people and organizations discussed, and for each of them, we provide three recent reviews of their statements by PolitiFact.com. In the screenshot above, you can see that this article provides recent (at most three) reviews of statements by PolitiFact. To read more details about each of the statements, please click on “More on PolitiFact.com”. To read all other statements regarding the person or individual, please click on “Statements from [person/organization] reviewed by PolitiFact.com” title.

To clarify, reviews of statements are provided by PolitiFact and the copyright of those reviews belong to PolitiFact. Trusted Times is neither affiliated, sponsored nor endorsed by PolitiFact or any of its affiliates.