The Information Laundromat

Discover content relationships from across the infosphere

Search for instances of reposted content by title and/or content. This will search search services, the GDELT database, and copyscape for text that closely match your query. Searching by URL attempts to automatically parses the title and content, but will not be successful for all articles


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Enter Domain: Ensure you include https:// and any subdomain you're interested in (e.g. https://tech.cnn.com). Multiple sites can be specified, seperated by a comma

Batch Content Search
Requires the following columns: combineOperator, (either AND or OR) language, (2 letter code, e.g. en) country, (2 letter code, e.g. us), engines (comma separated list of search engines, e.g. google,bing), and your choice of EITHER url (full url, e.g. https://tech.cnn.com/article-title.html) or titleQuery and contentQuery (text snippets).

Batch Metadata Search
Requires only one column: url. Must be a full url, e.g. https://tech.cnn.com/
Prove content laundering from state-owned outlets

Researchers from two European Universities, supported by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, reveal evidence of a small network operating in Poland and Germany that launders Russian state media content into the media mainstream. A sample of articles from problematic outlets, criticizing Ukraine President Zelensky was run through the Laundromat’s Content Search. The tool revealed that all the articles in the sample were lifted from Ria Novosti, an outlet belonging to the Russia Segodnya group. Read the report.

Find proxy websites that exist to overcome DNS bans

Both Russia Today and Sputnik News sites are currently subjected to DNS bans imposed by the European Commission. However, despite these restrictions, each site employs sophisticated techniques to reach audiences in Member Countries. Read the report to learn how researchers were able to utilize the Laundromat's website fingerprinting service to map the entire network of Russia Today proxy websites, using altered or entirely new domain names.

Tell if a site produces original content

Content laundering occurs when individuals or entities replicate website content without proper attribution and, in some cases, authorization. This method is commonly employed by disinformation operatives to disseminate problematic content and political propaganda efficiently. The Laundromat tool serves as an effective means to detect duplicate content online and substantiate instances of content plagiarism. See how to use the Laundromat for proving gaps in editorial transparency. Read the guide.

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