Apart from “entertaining” quizzes that tell you what color gummy bear you are, the popular online sensation Buzzfeed also posts news stories.
But are they reliable?
There’s not much fact checking done on Buzzfeed, found (or lack thereof) by a simple Google search.
However, reading through articles on the site can give you an idea. The first questionable aspect found was that a majority of their articles are opinion based, although that isn’t uncommon these days. Buzzfeed is typically more on the left side of politics, so most articles you’ll see on their site are opinions written by liberal authors.
While opinion writing isn’t necessarily bad/unreliable, the problem is that a majority of their articles do not credit any sources. This is the essence of bad journalism and bad reporting. You can’t pull an opinion out of your ass and not be able to back it up.
According to MediaBiasFactCheck, Buzzfeed is a left leaning media source that “often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation.”
The site also rated Buzzfeed’s factual reporting as mixed.
The site does not accept advertising requests from Republican organizations, or at least while Donald Trump was mid- campaign.
“The Republican National Committee had intended to do an autumn advertising campaign with BuzzFeed, but no more. The powers that be at BuzzFeed have determined that because Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, there will be no RNC advertising at BuzzFeed,” said Erick Erickson from The Surgent.
If you follow Buzzfeed they can be a legitimate news source, but at least look further into topics and articles you read from the site.