These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate Hacker News Least Biased based on diverse non-political story selection. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional use of sources that have failed fact checks, though we did not find evidence of false information during this review.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2007, Hacker News is a news aggregation website focused on technology. The site is similar to Reddit, as users can publish news stories from other sources and then up or downvote them and comment.
Funded by / Ownership
Hacker News is owned and published by Y Combinator, which invests in internet startups. Y Combinator has launched over 3500 companies. Hacker News does not have a source of revenue, but Y Combinator generates revenue through returns on investments.
Analysis / Bias
Hacker News does not produce original content but rather relies on user-submitted news stories from third-party sources. News articles focus on technology and science with stories such as this Google pushes emergency Chrome update to fix 8th zero-day in 2022, which links to the least biased Bleeping Computer. A review of sources indicates that most are known and credible such as the BBC, TechCrunch, and Nature.org. However, sometimes users publish articles from obscure sources that are not verified and some from sources that have failed fact checks, like Al Jazeera and The Guardian.
Editorially, story selection is reflected by the users and therefore offers diverse stories with very few related to politics. In general, Hackers News is low biased but sometimes relies on sources that have failed fact checks.
Failed Fact Checks
- Hacker News does not publish original content, but some sources have failed fact-checks in the past.
Overall, we rate Hacker News Least Biased based on diverse non-political story selection. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional use of sources that have failed fact checks, though we did not find evidence of false information during this review. (D. Van Zandt 11/25/2022)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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