The Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund

Here is my application to the Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund. Project title: Critical thinking for everyone! A systematic global approach to fixing fake news and misinformation. Your project summarised in one sentence: We promote critical thinking and skepticism globally by building a centralised open system which makes it easy for people and organisations […]

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Applying for the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund

We’ve never had any real funding for the rbutr project. We kept this whole thing limping along under our own efforts and through our own financial support. That has caused problems for us, and resulted in multi-year breaks of productivity while Craig and I attempted to make ends meet and take care of our own […]

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Improving Critical Thinking Through Exposure to Critical Analysis – A research project

Shortly before our 5th birthday last week I was updating our About Us page to bring it in line with our new approaches and changes that have happened over the last few years (yes, it has been that long since I last updated it). In working my way through the new About Us page I […]

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Google penalises NaturalNews.com, effectively removing it from search results

natural News delisted by google

This is exciting news. It looks like Google has just applied some sort of penalty to NaturalNews.com, effectively removing them from the Google Search results. With the increased pressure on companies like Google and Facebook to fight Fake News and misinformation, there is some reason to suspect that this penalty is directly related to Natural News’ […]

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Updates to the Support rbutr page

The support rbutr page has just been updated to reflect the changes we have undergone recently. It now has a much stronger focus on volunteer efforts, and mentions the intention to run a crowdfunding campaign in the near future. If you’d like to help organise the crowdfunding campaign with us, please get in touch. Crowdfunding […]

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Reddit reply bot, Facebook integration, Grants, and Other updates

reddit log for reddit reply bot rbutrbot

Reddit Reply Bot Thanks to some work by Thomas, we have recently reactivated the Reddit reply bot. We have identified a few potential improvements to it and hope to implement them over the coming weeks or months. You can see them in our Trello board. Remember, everyone is free to participate, so if you want to work […]

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Hardcore porn, getting hotter, and making drugs – The best of rbutr #15

Global temperature averages without short term variations

“rbutr is your bridge between echo chambers.” Since you last saw us… Eight people have added 64 rebuttals since the last Best of rbutr email was sent out. Since then there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of Climate change, continuing debate around fake news and failures of the media, and of […]

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Global Sea Ice, Polar Bears, and Racism – The Best of rbutr #14

Bigger than most, this week’s Best of rbutr has eight curated, direct rebuttals published over the last week or so. rbutr had 50 rebuttals added by 7 people in the week following the 14th of November. Our best ever week was 64 people adding 536 rebuttals. Click here to subscribe to receive The best of […]

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How to stop Fake News in its tracks: Plugins and social media integration

In case you missed it, Fake News is the topic of the month. On the tail of the biggest political upset of the century, Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for allowing fake news websites to spread without resistance across social media, often gaining much more attention than real news stories. Always gaining a […]

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Can we stop calling everything we disagree with “Fake news” already?

OK, we get it, Fake News has taken off as a buzzword and everyone is talking about the Fake News problem. But seriously, can we stop with the childish pretending that all news outlets are “fake news”? It isn’t funny. And it definitely isn’t helpful. The term “Fake News” has a very real meaning and […]

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