EP 199: Snopes Founder David Mikkelson on Fighting Fake News
Snopes founder and CEO David Mikkelson talks about combatting fake news and why he's asking fans of the popular fact checking site to help save Snopes. David reveals what inspired him to start Snopes 20 years ago, how it grew from a site that debunked urban legends to the most reliable fact checking site that is depended on by everyone from Facebook to the Washington Post, and a few tips on how you can verify the news you consume. He discusses the danger of misinformation, where misleading stories often originate, and how some of the worst offenders have even tried to peddle fake stories about Snopes and David Mikkelson himself. Plus we find out if Snopes is funded by CNN, George Soros or the CIA, and we answer burning questions like "is Bob Barker dead?" and "Are there snakes in your Doritos?"
Visit www.snopes.com and follow Snopes on Twitter at @snopes. If you want to fight alternative facts and fake news and keep Snopes running, consider donating to the Save Snopes campaign at www.GoFundMe.com/SaveSnopes.
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