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Wayback Machine now validates information for archived web pages

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The Internet Archive, which owns the Wayback Machine (global web archive) service, has implemented information validation tools into it. To this end, the San Francisco-based nonprofit began partnering with various fact-checking companies to provide users with reasons for deleting a page. On the Internet Archive blog, Wayback Machine head Mark Graham wrote that they are continuing their mission of preserving “digital history” but are aware of the challenges of providing access to false and misleading information from multiple sources.

From now on, when opening an archived web page, the Wayback Machine will provide users with information about the reason for its deletion. Such information will appear as a yellow banner at the top of the screen. If a given web page is found to be part of a disinformation campaign, it will include the name of the organization that conducted the fact-check and include links to its report.

The Wayback Machine now validates information for archived web pages

It is noteworthy that the Wayback Machine intends to continue to provide access to the source material, even despite the fakes, but will do so with the display of relevant notes.

The Wayback Machine now validates information for archived web pages

The Internet Archive offers free access to billions of archived web pages, including their content. The Wayback Machine was launched in 2001 and contained over 25 petabytes of data as of September 2018. It also archives the data of those sites that no longer exist and have been deleted for one reason or another.

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