Dispute Finderbeta

Reveal the other side of the story
To use Dispute Finder you need to install the Dispute Finder Extension

How it Works

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a partial list of questions that are often asked about Dispute Finder. Please email Rob Ennals if you have a question that isn't answered here.

Isn't Everything Disputed?

Yes. To some extent, everything is disputed. Our aim is not to tell you about everything that is disputed by anybody. Our aim is to let you know when you read something that disagrees with an opinion expressed by a source that you would take seriously.

If a random blogger disagrees with what you are reading, then that probably isn't very interesting, but if a newspaper you trust disagrees then you might want to know. Similarly, you might want to know if an article your best friend agreed with disagrees with what you are reading.

This is why we have the vote up/vote down buttons on each of the argument sources that we show you for a claim. If you like a source then vote it up. If you don't like it then vote it down.

Right now, this technology doesn't function all that well, but we are working hard to make it awesome.

Won't lobbyists just mark their opponents sites?

They probably will, and provided that they only mark things that actually are disputed and provide good evidence in favor of their points of view, then this is probably a good thing.

Remember that just because something is disputed doesn't mean it is wrong. If you think that something someone has marked is correct then you can help support your point of view by making sure that Dispute Finder has good arguments in favor of your side of the story.

While it is true that the side with more resources may be able to spend more time making sure their opponents claims are marked as disputed, training Dispute Finder to mark disputed claims doesn't take that much effort, so we think the scales are more fairly balanced then they are in most media.

If someone is abusing Dispute Finder by marking something as making a claim that it isn't actually making then you can report their marking as incorrect. If someone does this repeatedly then we can revoke their account and reverse all their making.

Are you trying to impose one view of the world

Absolutely not. We are trying to do exactly the opposite.

When we mark something is disputed, it does not mean that it is wrong. It just means that their are sources that you might take seriously that argue for other points of view. It is likely that there will also be sources that argue in favor of the claim, and we will show you those as well.

The key aim of Dispute Finder is to encourage you to be aware of the diverse range of opinions that are out there. We want to encourage doubt and skepticism. We hate the idea of everyone believing the same thing even more than you do :-)

Is this mob rule?

Not really. Dispute Finder has no idea of truth and does provide you with any metrics about how true a claim may on may not be. For example we do not take vote counts, or try to rate the reliability of sources.

Our aim is to resist the mob rule that already exists by exposing you to a diverse range of opinions that you might find interesting.

If something is highlighted, does that mean it is wrong?

No. It doesn't. If something is highlighted, it simply means it is disputed. Something is considered to be disputed if there is a source that we believe you would find credible that supports a different point of view. Many disputed claims are probably correct, and if one side of an argument is disputed then it is likely that the other side is disputed to.

Is Dispute Finder open source?

Yes. The full source code for Dispute Finder is available under an Apache License.

Do you have an API?

We are working on one. Please contact us if you are interested in using our data or otherwise interfacing with Dispute Finder.

Who made this?

The following people have contributed to the development of Dispute Finder:

People at Intel Research

People at UC Berkeley