How to Fact Check! Part 7: WHOIS

Who runs the sites you go to? A quick way to find out is to run an ICANN WHOIS search!

ICANN WHOIS is a site dedicated to cataloging the owner of a website and when the website was first established. These pieces of information are vital for figuring out the reliability of a website’s content: you wouldn’t trust a new website run by a company in favor of abolishing vegetables to provide unbiased information on the health benefits of vegetables, for example.

ICANN WHOIS will not always work; many sites are run through proxies, which obscures the actual owner of a website. Still, the date of registration is always available, and it’s a good first step toward learning who is providing the information you’re finding online.