This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Rbutr finds contrary opinions for stories you’re reading

Need to find a quick rebuttal to a news report or opinion piece you read online? There’s now an app for that.

Introducing Rbutr.com, a new digital platform that uses crowdsourcing to provide arguments and counter-arguments on any number of subjects. It’s sort of like Wikipedia meets Politifact, but without journalists or other experts necessarily in the mix.

The application, which allows people to follow inter-website debates and easily find counter-arguments to information they are viewing, was dreamed up by Australian Shane Greenup about a year ago when he wanted to debunk a scientific report he saw online. A philosophy and molecular biology major, 30-year-old Greenup partnered with software developer Craig O’Shannessy in February to bring his idea to fruition.

The site has gained wide attention in a few short months.

Rbutr is a browser plug-in that users download to their computers. While viewing an article, the user can hover over the green and white Rbutr logo in the browser’s top right-hand corner to see if there are any rebuttals to what they are reading. If no rebuttals exist, Rbutr will allow the user to request rebuttals from other community members or submit her own.

Read more
Visit rbutr

TAGGED: DEBATE POINTS, EDUCATION, GENERAL INTEREST


RELATED CONTENT

James Shapiro goes after natural...

Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True Comments

James Shapiro goes after natural selection again (twice) on HuffPo

Oklahoma high school valedictorian...

NBC Staff - NBCNews.com Comments

Oklahoma high school valedictorian denied diploma for using 'hell' in speech

U.S. Should Adopt Higher Standards for...

- - Scientific American Comments

Teachers, scientists and policymakers have drafted ambitious new education standards. All 50 states should adopt them

Delhi Charter School: Stop...

Petition - change.org Comments

Delhi Charter School: Stop Discriminating Against Pregnant Students!

Parents shun school religion

Jewel Topsfield - The Age Comments

The group representing parents in Victorian state schools has joined teachers in calling for controversial religious instruction classes to be scrapped during school hours.

Acid attacks, poison: What Afghan girls...

Allie Torgan - CNN Comments

There were at least 185 documented attacks on schools and hospitals in Afghanistan last year, according to the United Nations. The majority were attributed to armed groups opposed to girls' education.

MORE

MORE BY TRACIE POWELL

MORE

Comments

Please Login to RDFRS to Comment

Sign in to RDF

blog comments powered by Disqus