These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal 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 Worldometer Least Biased based on strictly providing data and statistics. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to the use of official sources and clearly disclaiming that the information provided are estimates.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: United States 45/180
Founded in 2004, Worldometer is a website that calculates the estimated population, Coronavirus, and a wide variety of statistics in real-time. According to their about page “Worldometer is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.” They further state “The live counters show the real-time estimate as computed by our proprietary algorithm, which processes the latest data and projections provided by the most reputable organizations and statistical offices in the world.”
During the Coronavirus outbreak, the website was temporarily hacked and displayed incorrect data. This was promptly fixed and is currently displaying accurate information.
Funded by / Ownership
Worldometer is owned by Dadax*, a software solutions company based in the USA. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Worldometer provides data on a wide variety of topics such as population, public health expenditures, amount of forest loss this year, amount of oil used, and tracking statistics related to the Coronavirus. Data, estimates, and projections displayed on Worldometer’s counters are for the most part provided by credible organizations such as the United Nations, Statistics Division, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPa ), UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and the World Health Organization (WHO). For a full list see here. In general, the information provided on the website are estimates and they carefully provide a disclaimer that states: “As with any statistic, the numbers are not expected to be exact to the single-digit, but to provide a fairly accurate and informative description of a phenomenon. This inherited limitation must be taken into account for the correct interpretation of the information.”
Worldometer simply collects data, provides estimates, and does not editorialize content, therefore we rate them least biased.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Worldometer Least Biased based on strictly providing data and statistics. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to the use of official sources and clearly disclaiming that the information provided are estimates. (D. Van Zandt 3/19/2020) Updated (3/30/2020)
*Correction: On the original review we incorrectly indicated that Dadax is based in China. There is also a Dadax in the USA, which is the owner of Worldometers.