New fact checking feature to be available to Illinois Prairie District Public Library

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GERMANTOWN HILLS, Ill.– The Geramantown Hills Public Library is hosting a information session to show the community how to use its new fact checker, NewsGuard, on Thursday.

Starting September, all Illinois public library computers will have the new extension added to the Google Chrome browser. Illinois Prairie District Public Library Director Joel Shoemakers said it will provide a new way for users to obtain credible information.

“We are partnering with NewsGuard, they have journalists that basically vet websites,vet news sites to basically grade them on nine criteria as to whether they are valid news source,” he said.

The service is not mandatory for users. Shoemaker said he wants to ensure patrons that this is just an fact checking option. The public is free to use whichever browser they feel comfortable using.

“It’s not something where we are saying, ‘this website is bad, don’t go to this,’ we are definitely big into the freedom of information, freedom to view any information you want.”

A soft open to show the community how this new feature will work will be held at 5:30 p.m Thursday at the Germantown Hills Public Library. A NewsGuard employee, which is a former Morton resident, will demonstrate how the feature will work.

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