Untrue News is a new search engine for fake stories. Untrue News offers a multilingual option that combines fake stories from different countries and languages around the same topic or person. The search engine was developed by students of the Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany, the Universitat de Valencia, Spain and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. It is a crawler-based search engine that searches a whitelist of reliable websites (fact-checking agencies). The results are ranked according to relevance and no personal data of users is collected.

On the results page, an image and video search is also displayed, but these currently do not show any results (as of February 2020).

Language English

Launched February 2020
Closed No

Developer V. Woloszyn, F. Schaeffer, B. Boniatti, E. Cortes, S. Mohtaj, S. Möller

Country of Origin


Topic News SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Crawler / robot based SeEn using a white list of selected sites
Open source based search engine
Anonymous / private searching

Used SeEn Untrue.News

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite


Critical points

From the user's point of view, I am missing a button on the results page that allows you to return to the start page [kd2020].

Features & Functionality


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

V. Woloszyn, F. Schaeffer, B. Boniatti, E. Cortes, S. Mohtaj, S. Möller (2020): Untrue.News: A New Search Engine For Fake Stories URL:
KYLE WIGGERS (2020): Untrue News indexes and flags false and misleading news articles URL:

Created: 2020-02-21