The Fact-Checking Site Snopes Might Be Shutting Down

credit: Kickstarter

You can find information on pretty much anything on the world wide web, but that doesn't mean the information you find is always accurate.

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Snopes is a site that does the fact-checking for you. It's puts the kibosh on rumors, bogus stories, misinformation, and anything in the news that is just plain wrong. The researchers at Snopes work hard to make sure we know the truth, and now they need our help.

The site created a Kickstarter campaign to stay afloat, because their advertising revenue has fallen through. Snopes has been around since 1994, and they've always been self-funded with no sponsors or outside investors. Their only source of income was through online advertising. But now that source has been cut off, and they can't afford to pay their staff.

"We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for," the Kickstarter explained. "That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site's hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place advertising on it."

The Kickstarter just launched this week, and it's already a huge success. The campaign has raised over $650,000, far surpassing the $500,000 goal.

If you want to keep the internet honest and help save Snopes, click here to donate.

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