A new skeptic tool!
TruthMarket, a division of Truth Seal Corp., today announced it plans to play an aggressive role in improving the state of political and commercial communications by launching its Marketplace for Truth Telling. TruthMarket offers the public a platform that enables grass-roots crowd-funding of citizen campaigns to publicly expose false claims and reinforce true claims. Cash incentives will encourage individuals to initiate, challenge or prove political, commercial and science claims.
Rick Hayes-Roth, Ph.D., the founder of TruthMarket, states that “false claims, half-truths and biased polls are polluting public dialogue, tainting public opinion and undermining politics, commerce and public trust.” Instead of getting angry, he adds, “it’s time to do something constructive and give the public a mechanism to openly challenge false claims and reinforce honest dialogue.”
TruthMarket announced that they are “A NEW WAY TO CALL OUT LIES”.
Michael Shermer of Skeptic magazine is on the board of TruthMarket:[tweet_embed id=245307439581364225]
TruthMarket is a crowd-sourced way of campaigning against false claims. There are two types of campaigns: the Bogus Statement (BS) campaign and the True Statement (TS) campaign. The Bogus Statement campaign challenges misinformation and the True Statement campaign issues a statement of fact and challenges non-believers to prove otherwise.
This sounds like a tool that readers of THIS blog can certainly put to good use. This is a very interesting site and I’m eager to see how skeptics can use it. It’s brand new so there are not too many campaigns active. But this is there big launch so let’s check it out!