Share Wisely

As you scroll, you see news articles from big-name outlets, and probably a few from blogs and forums that you are visiting regularly or not. What draws your attention the most? What news article will you linger over the longest? While many of these news posts are harmless, others could be damaging to you and your entire network.

Misinformation is false or inaccurate information, whether it’s intentional or not. Often coming in the form of fake news articles, unintentionally misleading statuses, or satire content, this misinformation becomes dangerous when people act on it. What’s the big deal? If you share a fake news article, each of your social media connections is at risk for acting on false information.

Share Wisely! Verify the share worthiness of any news article with just a click.

BRAVE Web Service and BRAVE Plug-In are delivered to you as part of a bigger project called DO ONE BRAVE THING (, shortly BRAVE. BRAVE empowers youth to:

[1] recognise and challenge online polarising and radicalising propaganda and

[2] develop on-/off-line campaigning, counter-narratives and democratic civic engagement to promote EU values. It is fundamentally about empowering youth to challenge polarisation and propaganda challenging European values and empowering them as active agents shaping the future of Europe. BRAVE is designed for short, medium and long-term impact and to be a model creating tools which can be scaled EU-wide.

The BRAVE Web-Service and Plug-In help you to Share Wisely. Just fire up the extension when you are reading a news article and you’ll get detailed information, including a Content Quality Score, that will allow you to make a wise decision about sharing the article with your social media connection or your friends.

Both the Web Service and Plug-In support English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish and Romanian languages

For Google Chrome users we also have the BRAVE Plug-In. It works in the same way as the Web Service on the website. After you install it, when reading an article in a tab you just have to click the BRAVE icon and a pop-up will appear with the information.

Click here / It can be accessed here:

Article Details

Key information extracted from the article (title, author, publisher, publish time) and an automatically generated summary.

Extracted Keywords

Named entities (people, organizations, locations, brands, other) extracted automatically from the article.

Patient Zero

The potential origin of the story, called Patient Zero (P0). Alternatively, 3 article candidates, if an ideal P0 was not found.

Timeline: Patient Zero To Article

The timeline from the current analyzed article going back to Patient Zero (P0).

Content Quality Report

The content quality score representing the article’s trustworthiness. Relies mostly on the semantic analysis of the article’s content: factual information found (context), content polarity (sentiment) and probability of being “clicklbait”.

Article Graph

A graph containing all the article’s references: hyperlinked, mentioned and very similar articles. The green node is the analyzed article, Patient Zero (P0) is the red one.


Investigative tools for fake news disclosure

In recent years, various fact checking platforms have developed across the world, professional platforms that engage journalists, academia and NGOs.

For individuals that are not necessarily fake news detectives, there are free online tools that could ease the process of fake news dismantling.

Due to objective technological limitations, these tools cannot replace human intuition, decision making processes, ethical and moral values or even the trustworthiness of a piece of information.

But these tools can provide some early warning signs that some of the news might be false.

The final call in establishing the truth within news is on each and every one of us!

Check before you share

Recognising Online Extremism

Perspectives & Context (Video)

Fake news in the digital era is one of the latest issues that has raised concern among intermediaries, governments, and end users. Fake news can be described as deliberately created, factually incorrect stories, which are spread by outlets to promote their own interests. With the growth of social media, fake news has proliferated; it has found a platform to disseminate these stories to a massive audience.

According to a recent analysis, fake news stories created more Facebook engagement than the top election stories from 19 of the main news outlets combined. On top of that, a Stanford study recently found that more than 80% of students cannot identify sponsored content from ‘real’ news stories.

Online Extremism and recruitment: spot it, halt it!

This video tutorial gives an introduction on how information is handled and acquired on the internet.
More precisely, being able to find trustworthy and reliable information is becoming more and more challenging.
On one hand, assessing the reliability of the information we read is becoming more and more difficult.
On the other, online recruitment is based on sophisticated techniques that turn unaware users into easy targets.
This video helps clarify the issues discussed above, and provides some practical advices on what measures can be taken to minimise the risks related to our daily online activities.

Fake News and extremist propaganda online. Are they linked?

Ola Kaczorek, an LGBT activist, tells the story of how fake news are used in extremist propaganda online. Find out how fake news created in the United States has contributed to the recruitment of young people to extremist movements and violent assaults during pride events in Poland, including attempted attacks with explosives.