A standout at E3 in 2017 newly updated for the 2020 election - PolitiFact's official fake news game.
PolitiTruth is a non-profit game of distinguishing political fact from fiction.
Swipe left to guess a news story is false and swipe right to guess it is true. The game is made in partnership with the Pulitzer Prize winning organization PolitiFact in the hopes of encouraging players to better discern sources of information while gathering beneficial statistics on public misconceptions. By tapping into our competitive nature, we hope to expand political consciousness.
Guesses are anonymously saved online to show how your political awareness compares to other players, and to help identify the stories people get wrong most often.
Data on public misconceptions in politics is highly reliant on surveys and our hope is with a large audience of people playing, we can make these statistics more robust and reduce response bias.
The game is premiering at E3 2017 through the IndieCade showcase.
PolitiTruth was created by Christopher Cinq-Mars Jarvis and is part of Cinq-Mars Media, a 501(c)3 devoted to education.
Newly updated for the 2020 election with major UI and stability improvements and integration with PolitiFact's new API.
Ratings and Reviews
Good but it should quiz the user on facts, not who’s lying
I think the app should be more about just the facts and not necessarily who said them. Mainly because I think it should be a quiz that tests the user’s knowledge of important facts. Not a quiz about who the user thinks is lying. Who said it could be revealed after the user guesses.
Focusing on quizzing the user on facts, I think will make it more fun. Plus users won’t feel as though their party or political views are being attacked.
When I play, I cover up who said it so I’m not influenced by my personal opinion of the speaker. It’s harder that way (which is somewhat disconcerting).
Interesting, but could be improved
The app is interesting and helps with learning politics but there could be a few changes. The first is maybe different game modes like vs where players compete against each other. Another is adding more detail to statements like allowing us to see not just the initials of ice but the full name. Also, allowing us to have more detail on the people who say quotes such as a short summary of their opinions could help. Finally, maybe adding a way to contact politifact for more info on a quote could help and letting us ask questions about the background and quote.
Wording needs work
As others have noted, some items begin with someone “says”, then they make a statement. Are we to judge on whether or not the person said it or whether or not it’s true? Some are scored one way, some the other. Raises frustration level.
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- Cinq-Mars Media
- 36.2 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.