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LazyTruth hunts down urban myths in your inbox


May 8, 2012

LazyTruth is an app that searches your inbox for untruthful viral emails, and provides you with a rebuttal to send in reply

LazyTruth is an app that searches your inbox for untruthful viral emails, and provides you with a rebuttal to send in reply

Pretty much everyone has that one wide-eyed person in their lives who is constantly forwarding them emails about things like airplanes that disperse mind-control drugs, maniacs who hide under parked cars, and major corporations that are run by Satanists. While you may think about setting these people straight – and thereby helping to quell the online flood of malarkey – it can be a hassle finding the proper information to send them. That’s where the LazyTruth inbox widget comes in.

LazyTruth works by searching through your received messages, looking for specific phrases associated with some of the most common viral emails that make bogus claims. When it finds one, it composes an email rebuttal, which includes links to sources that refute the content of the offending message. Those sources include fact-checking and/or urban myth websites such as PolitiFact and FactCheck.org.

Instead of having to perform some Googling and then figuring out what to say, all you have to do is send the provided message – be aware, however, that the recipients might not appreciate your attempt at enlightening them. In any case, even if you don’t act on the information it provides, LazyTruth could still at least serve to alert you to the untruth of viral emails that you might otherwise be tempted to believe.

The app isn’t live yet, but should soon be available on Google Marketplace.

Source: LazyTruth via New Scientist

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

I like reading about Nazi space tech flying saucers on the far side of the moon and the base in the center of the hollow earth via the north pole.

Why because it's TRUE.

Mr Stiffy


"Truth is known by everyone"? Seriously?

"True people"? As in, people that actually exist?

Debunking myths is a good thing. Just like information and possessing knowledge are good things.


There are planes that dispersed attempted mind control drugs and continue to disperse all manner of other elements that are not good for humans. Not only is this true, it is widely known to be so, the government has admitted to it and it is public domain. As for the Satanists and the guy under the car, I can't comment.


True people are never afraid of lies and do not need to send back messages. Truth is known by everyone and doesn't require mass media to project it.

Dawar Saify

I don't know about the sites listed as sources for the app but there are some supposed fact checking" and myth busting sites which are partisan or wedded to certain ideologies. I suppose there will soon be a counter point app to look for fact checking e-mails and look for counter arguments.

Eventually people can have their computers have a big screaming fight about something without ever knowing what the argument is about.

Snake Oil Baron

For what they're worth:

Nothing is so certain as that which has been officially denied.

None are so blind as they who will not see.

Neil Larkins

I suppose the people making this app are the same 1s who believe that the 9/11 attrocities and the 7/7 (UK) attrocities were not part of a Elite familiy plan to allow them to invoke a huge amount of invasions upon the population' civil liberties.

Look if 9/11 was not done by or with USA Govt knowledge how come Professional Architects and Demolition EXPERTS have publicly met and stated that there was Thermite in the dust of the Twin Towers, WTC #7 WAS Demolished when it was under NO Danger of collapsing (It has Securities and Exchange HQ inside It!), but it had all the back up documents for huge fraud and criminal cases against ENRON and many more inside it. etc etc...

DONT Believe it IF you are a SHEEP, but we dont care what app they come out with, I KNOW how corrupt people like the BUSH, Rockefeller and Rothschilds families are....Look Bush' Grandfather sorted the finances out for Hitler to ply his awful War through Europe/World, then they also funded the Allies too and made a MINT whoever won.


http://rbutr.com is building an internet wide version of this to connect rebuttals to articles. It is currently in the running to win a Knight Media Foundation grant.

Shane Greenup
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