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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:43 AM

LazyTruth: Something That Will Finally Stop Your Crazy Uncle From Sending You RW email chains...

The Atlantic:

As you have probably heard by now, word has it that our radical Muslim president is doing all sorts of terrible things to our country! He's gotten rid of our National Christmas Tree, abolished the National Day of Prayer, and put the family's dog, Bo, on his own airplane all to himself.

No? Then you must not have some distant (or close!) relation who loves to forward, forward, forward, all the live-long day. But for the rest of us, whose inboxes' factual sanctity is under constant assault, there's LazyTruth, a new tool from Matt Stempeck and his team at MIT's Media Lab.

LazyTruth is a plug-in for Chrome that automatically scans email for information that FactCheck.org and Politifact have deemed false. If something doesn't check out, it'll provide a few words of correction and a link to where you can find out more. You can then easily pass that verified information on to the email's sender. Down the road Stempeck plans to add more kinds of rumors to LazyTruth's filter -- urban myths, hoaxes, false security threats, etc. -- but for now the tool is limited to political tall tales.



"Put simply," Stempeck explained over email (all of which checked out), "LazyTruth is a bridge between low quality information (chain emails) and high quality information (the research outlets that debunk chain emails)." By putting the fact-checking right in your inbox with the forwarded junk, LazyTruth reduces the friction (catch-all phrase for time and effort) between you and a politely worded correction.


Not that they'll believe you of course...

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Reply LazyTruth: Something That Will Finally Stop Your Crazy Uncle From Sending You RW email chains... (Original post)
brooklynite Nov 2012 OP
navarth Nov 2012 #1
Xyzse Nov 2012 #2
Old Codger Nov 2012 #3
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #4
alittlelark Nov 2012 #6
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #8
wtmusic Nov 2012 #12
cui bono Nov 2012 #30
Scuba Nov 2012 #31
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2012 #5
InsultComicDog Nov 2012 #7
hobbit709 Nov 2012 #9
Maeve Nov 2012 #10
cyberpj Nov 2012 #18
Arkansas Granny Nov 2012 #21
kentauros Nov 2012 #25
BainsBane Nov 2012 #11
GatorLarry Nov 2012 #13
treestar Nov 2012 #24
MineralMan Nov 2012 #14
drm604 Nov 2012 #15
kentauros Nov 2012 #26
valerief Nov 2012 #16
Populist_Prole Nov 2012 #17
louis-t Nov 2012 #19
drm604 Nov 2012 #33
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2012 #20
felix_numinous Nov 2012 #22
coeur_de_lion Nov 2012 #23
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #27
Blue4Texas Nov 2012 #28
LTR Nov 2012 #29
cui bono Nov 2012 #32
liberalla Nov 2012 #34
eridani Nov 2012 #35

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:51 AM

1. that is AWESOME

going there right now. I don't mind my Uncle's stuff so much, but I have some friends.......oh yeah.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:56 AM

2. Wah? Thanks for the information

I may have to utilize this at some point.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:06 AM

3. Needed

For Firefox or Thunderbird

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:18 AM

4. Note to "LazyTruth" ...

I would consider this plug-in if rather than "automatically scans email for information that FactCheck.org and Politifact have deemed false. If something doesn't check out, it'll provide a few words of correction and a link to where you can find out more", the system would bounce the bogus e-mail back to the sender (and everyone on the CC list) ... It could just provide me a note indicating that it did so.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:24 AM

6. That was my 1st thought as well!

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:44 AM

8. Yeah ...

because I really don't want to read the bogus e-mail ... and would prefer that it not even reach my mail-box (yeah, I know that the system might bounce something I might want to see, but ...)

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:15 PM

12. +1

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:12 PM

30. Better yet, it should automatically reply with the corrections.

And including a note saying, "Your intended recipient did not receive this email due to its inaccuracies noted below. Please correct the information before sending again. Thank you."

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:14 PM

31. Make that an option, preferably with some granularity ...

... I'd like to be able to identify particular contacts to automatically bounce, and others that would require me to take an action before bouncing.

My crazy cousin in one thing, my boss quite another.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:23 AM

5. Love that Media Lab (founded by the better of the two Negroponte brothers)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:42 AM

7. if it would also check Snopes

it would be worth having

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:50 AM

9. I stopped getting crazy chain emails after I started to "Reply All" with a link to snopes.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:52 AM

10. Yeah, that worked for me, too!

They can be trained!

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:13 PM

18. Me too. Works like a charm. nt

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:35 PM

21. I did the same and it had the same results.

That proves to me that they don't want to hear the truth. They only want to hear the kind of garbage that reinforces what they want to believe.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:57 PM

25. Although you could stretch out their aggravation

by deleting the original email addy in the "Reply All" so only the Cc-ed people get your reply. Let them stew and complain to the originator of the email all whilst he/she is oblivious to your tactics

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:03 PM

11. Thankfully, I don't have a crazy uncle

But my sister could use this for her in-laws.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:21 PM

13. Thanks!

Not that they'll read or consider anything that comes from outside their Faux Noise universe.

I had to actually set-up a special folder for one "friend" who could send all sorts of hate-filled, racist anti-Obama crap . . . but when I sent him one thing he was furious and didn't want to read any more "liberal garbage."

LOL!

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Response to GatorLarry (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:51 PM

24. Welcome to DU!

yes, that's often their attitude! Double standards every time!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:32 PM

14. All of my right-wing relatives' emails go

into my Spam folder. I look at the titles. If it's important, I'll read it, if not, off to the null device with them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:41 PM

15. That's great, IF you use Chrome, and IF you use a gmail address.

Anyone else (the vast majority of users) can't use this.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:59 PM

26. I noticed that, too.

While I have a gmail address, it's not my primary email address. And I'll never use Chrome.

So, where's the Opera plugin for this?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:52 PM

16. How cool is that!!!! nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:57 PM

17. What a great idea. A bit late in my case, but I'll keep it in mind

My VERY right wing and very push father used to flood my inbox with an average of about 5 right-wing forwards per day. I dealt with most of them via having messages containing certain words to the delete file.

Get this though: I asked him to take me off his political forward list: And he actually did! That's so unlike him.

If he starts again I'm going to use that add-on.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:16 PM

19. The inventor will make millions.

Great idea!

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Response to louis-t (Reply #19)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:54 PM

33. It's free.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:19 PM

20. that fact-based comminity.....

They're so smart!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:26 PM

22. This rocks!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:42 PM

23. Awesome n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:06 PM

27. So, the addon can read your emails?

No thanks.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:06 PM

28. This is fabulous!

Fact check 24/7 to those wasting my time that must still be exposed

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:11 PM

29. Does it work on Facebook?

Nice little tool there. Might have to migrate even faster from Firefox.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:15 PM

32. In reality, it needs to be something on THEIR computer so it corrects before it sends. n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:29 AM

34. "LazyTruth is a plug-in for Chrome that automatically scans email for information..."

I don't like the sound of that. No thank you.

I'd rather be able to submit specific emails for their scan to inspect, but to give them carte blanche to scan all my email is reaching too far.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 06:51 AM

35. Add this essential item to your anti-RWNJ toolkit--

Reply All. Don't miss the chance to go after your RWNJ's whole contact list.

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