Share the Facts is now available as a skill for the Amazon Echo.
Owners of the Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices, including the Tap and the Dot, can “ask the fact-checkers” about claims they hear from President-elect Donald Trump, as well as other politicians who have been checked.
To find Share the Facts, open the Alexa app on your smartphone, click on the left navigation panel, and then select “Skills.” From there, you can search for “Share the Facts” and select “Enable Skill.
To begin a query, say: “Alexa, ask the fact-checkers.” (If you’re using the Tap, you’ll need to press the microphone button first and then say, “Ask the fact-checkers.”)
We have found it often works best if you wait for Alexa to reply, “Welcome to Share the Facts. We consolidate fact-checks from some of the most respected journalists in the U.S. Ask me to check a fact you’re wondering about.” — and then ask your question, such as:
- “Did Donald Trump oppose the war in Iraq?”
- “Is it true that 300,000 Floridians have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare?”
Try to use the most important keywords in your question, following the examples above.
Share the Facts uses natural speech recognition to analyze and answer your questions from our database of roughly 2,000 professionally curated fact-checks. We scale our results so that they are timely and have the most consensus among our partners.
We welcome feedback. Please send your thoughts to Share the Facts project manager Erica Ryan.