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Sorting out the truth in politics

PolitiFact releases a mobile app

The Truth-O-Meter is now pocket-sized.

PolitiFact, the fact-checking website of the St. Petersburg Times, this week released an app for iPhone and Android devices. It's a mobile version of the site's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism that allows users to see the latest Truth-O-Meter articles and campaign promise updates on their smart phones and tablets.

The app, which costs $1.99, is available for iPhone and Android. To get it for your device, go to The PolitiFact app, which is powered by Adobe's Flash Platform, combines the Truth-O-Meter, the Obameter and other popular features of the website with new ones available only on the app:

• The Truth Index: It's like the Dow Jones Industrial Average of truth — a daily index that shows the ups and downs of all state and national Truth-O-Meter rulings.

• The Flip-O-Meter Tally: A running tally that shows the latest count for Half Flips and Full Flops.

• The Truth-O-Meter Tally: An interactive feature that allows readers to compare Truth-O-Meter rulings by subject. Are there more falsehoods in claims about health care than about taxes? Now you can see how they compare.

PolitiFact was founded in 2007 to fact-check the presidential campaign and expanded to covering Congress and campaign promises in 2009. PolitiFact now has nine state sites and a partnership to cover the New Hampshire presidential primary.

PolitiFact releases a mobile app 06/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:58pm]
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