About Us

Who we are:

Reality Team is a project of Hacks/Hackers – a 501c3 dedicated to supporting journalism, knowledge and ideas. In particular, we focus on the intersection between journalism and technology.

We are proud to be supported by a grant from the Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Reality Team is powered by a team of communications professionals, technologists, cybersecurity and disinformation analysts from the private and public sector who are committed to pushing back against disinformation. Our content is entirely independent, and non-partisan, focused on dispelling myths, rumors and disinformation.

Reality Team Fact Sheet

Reality Team Fact Sheet

Why we’re here:

We want to make it easier to tell truth from fiction.

We have four goals:

  1. Give people confidence that they can find out what is real and what isn’t.
  2. Fight disinformation with brevity, clarity and simplicity.
  3. Change the ratio of garbage to reliable information in people’s information space.
  4. Build a network of networks of similarly-oriented organizations to fight disinformation in various ways and communities.

Why disinformation works:

  • There is just so much of it.
  • Extremists have connected their networks to spread lies fast, far and wide.
  • Repetition – the more you hear something, the more likely you are to think it is true.

Policies and ethics

  • We do our best to ensure that any information we share is non-partisan, carefully researched, and based on the most credible sources we can find. We have specific criteria for selecting credible sources.
  • We show all of our references.
  • We challenge ourselves to be aware of our own opinions and biases, and not color our content with them.
  • Despite our best efforts, mistakes can happen, or new information can come to light that changes things. We will make any needed corrections quickly.
  • Please report errors to [email protected], or use our contact form. Be sure to include legitimate reference sources for the errors you see. Our team will evaluate them once per week and make updates accordingly.
  • There will be times when issues aren’t easily summed up in a few points; we will tell people when we’re over-simplifying.
  • We don’t break laws.
  • We do not buy, sell or share any personal information.
  • We do not tolerate hate speech, defamation, racial slurs, or disrespectful language of any kind.

Social Media Policy

We engage with our community on various social media platforms. We invite honest inquiry and respectful debate. We do not tolerate, and will delete any comments that contain language that is: vulgar, profane, abusive, racist or hateful expressions, epithets, slurs, text, photographs or illustrations. We will also delete messages we deem to be in poor taste, meant to defame, or of an inflammatory attack of a personal, racial or religious nature.

We will also remove any comments we believe promote disinformation or any information that is threatening, disparaging, grossly inflammatory, false, misleading, fraudulent, inaccurate, unfair, contains gross exaggeration or unsubstantiated claims, violates the privacy rights of any third party, is unreasonably harmful or offensive to any individual or community. Be nice and be real.

Funding

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We are proud recipients of a grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Among the objectives of CNP is Promoting trustworthy journalism, including the ethics of news distribution to deny the amplification of disinformation.

Partners

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Hacks/Hackers

Our mission is to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.

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Credibility Coalition

The Credibility Coalition serves as a nexus for addressing the issue of information credibility. Members of our coalition facilitate, organize and take part in a variety of activities to advance our goals.

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Cogsec Collaborative

Cogsec Collaborative is a non-profit that helps specialists form teams to combat disinformation. They bring together information security researchers, data scientists, and other subject-matter experts in order to create and improve resources for the protection and defense of the cognitive domain.

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CTI League

The CTI League is the first Global Volunteer Emergency Response Community, defending and neutralizing cyber-security threats and vulnerabilities to the life-saving sectors related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Voter Communications Task Force

The Voter Communications Task Force, with support from the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, is a nonpartisan initiative to identify and help others implement the best ways to communicate reliable information to registered voters about where, when, and how to vote in the 2020 elections and beyond.

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The Propwatch Project

The Propwatch Project is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, whose core mission is to increase media literacy and raise public awareness regarding the rapid growth of propaganda and disinformation in mass media, as well as to promote non-partisan critical thinking regarding the biased and misleading nature of political speech.