The group uses a US flag and was quick to label websites (such as this one) Russian Propaganda. It is critical of anyone who are not aligned the US establishment, indicating perhaps a US deep state, permanent war mentality. PropOrNot has refused to identify themselves.The Washington Post described them as “an independent team of concerned American citizens.” George H. Elias claimed in May 2018 that the group was a project of the Atlantic Council and that "Michael Weiss and company are the people behind Propornot".
The language of the group, its frequent undocumented claims of websites being outlets of "Russian Propaganda" are suggestive of the UK's Integrity Initiative/Institute for Statecraft. It seems likely therefore that it was a NATO/deep state propaganda operation.
In January 2018, ZeroHedge wrote that “In this article, you'll meet some of the people staffing Propornot. You'll meet the people and publications that provide their expenses and cover the logistics. You'll meet a few of the deep state players. We'll deal with them very soon. They need to see this as the warning shot over the bow and start playing nice with regular people. After that, you'll meet the NGO's that are funding and orchestrating all of it.” 
- Full article: Enemy image
- Full article: Enemy image
Propornot's claim that the websites on its list were outlets of "Russian propaganda" is an interesting invocation of a cold war image. This pitted the Western "free world" lead by the USA against the USSR's Eastern "Evil Empire" which promoted totalitarian communism rather than "free market" capitalism. This same mentality is reflected in Wikipedia's policy of having a blacklist of "unreliable" websites (including this one). Anything said by any site on the list can be deemed "unreliable", even if backed by a lot of otherwise compelling evidence. The Wikispooks way, by contrast is to focus primarily on the real world evidence - avoiding both blind trust in and uncritical rejection of whoever is presenting it.
- Full article: PropOrNot/List
- Full article: PropOrNot/List
PropOrNot published what it termed "An Initial Set of Sites That Reliably Echo Russian Propaganda": 4thmedia.org, 4threvolutionarywar.wordpress.com, abeldanger.net, activistpost.com, ahtribune.com, allnewspipeline.com, americanlookout.com, americasfreedomfighters.com, amren.com, amtvmedia.com, ancient-code.com, anonews.co, anonhq.com, antiwar.com, asia-pacificresearch.com, assassinationscience.com, baltimoregazette.com, barenakedislam.com, beforeitsnews.com, bignuggetnews.com, bioprepper.com, blackagendareport.com, blacklistednews.com, christianfightback.com, collective-evolution.com, conservativedailypost.com, consortiumnews.com, corbettreport.com, cosmicscientist.com, countercurrents.org, counterinformation.wordpress.com, dailyoccupation.com, dailystormer.com, darkmoon.me, darkpolitricks.com, davidstockmanscontracorner.com, dcclothesline.com, dcleaks.com, defenddemocracy.press, dennismichaellynch.com, disclose.tv, disclosuremedia.net, drudgereport.com, educate-yourself.org, educateinspirechange.org, endingthefed.com, endoftheamericandream.com, endtime.com, eutimes.net, eutopia.buzz, ewao.com, eyeopening.info, fellowshipoftheminds.com, filmsforaction.org, floridasunpost.com, foreignpolicyjournal.com, fourwinds10.net, freedomoutpost.com, gaia.com, galacticconnection.com, gangstergovernment.com, gatesofvienna.net, geopolmonitor.com, globalresearch.ca, godlikeproductions.com, govtslaves.info, greanvillepost.com, guccifer2.wordpress.com, hangthebankers.com, healthnutnews.com, henrymakow.com, heresyblog.net, humansarefree.com, ihavethetruth.com, in5d.com, informationclearinghouse.info, infowars.com, intellihub.com, intersectionproject.eu, intrepidreport.com, investmentresearchdynamics.com, investmentwatchblog.com, jackpineradicals.com, jamesrgrangerjr.com, jewsnews.co.il, journal-neo.org, katehon.com, kingworldnews.com, lewrockwell.com, libertyblitzkrieg.com, libertywritersnews.com, makeamericagreattoday.com, memoryholeblog.com, mintpressnews.com, moonofalabama.org, nakedcapitalism.com, naturalblaze.com, naturalnews.com, newcoldwar.org, newstarget.com, newswithviews.com, nowtheendbegins.com, nsnbc.me, off-guardian.org, oftwominds.com, oilgeopolitics.net, opednews.com, orientalreview.org, patriotrising.com, paulcraigroberts.org, platosguns.com, pravda.ru, pravdareport.com, prepperwebsite.com, presstv.com, prisonplanet.com, rbth.com, readynutrition.com, redflagnews.com, regated.com, rense.com, righton.com, rinf.com, ronpaulinstitute.org, rt.com, rumormillnews.com, ruptly.tv, russia-insider.com, sana.sy, sentinelblog.com, sgtreport.com, shiftfrequency.com, shtfplan.com, silentmajoritypatriots.com, silverdoctors.com, sott.net, southfront.org, sputniknews.com, stormcloudsgathering.com, strategic-culture.org, superstation95.com, survivopedia.com, the-newspapers.com, theantimedia.org, thecommonsenseshow.com, thedailybell.com, thedailysheeple.com, theduran.com, theearthchild.co.za, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, theeventchronicle.com, thefederalistpapers.org, thefreethoughtproject.com, themindunleashed.org, thenewsdoctors.com, therebel.media, therussophile.org, thesaker.is, thesleuthjournal.com, thetruenews.info, thetruthseeker.co.uk, theunhivedmind.com, thirdworldtraveler.com, toprightnews.com, trueactivist.com, trunews.com, truth-out.org, truthandaction.org, truthdig.com, truthfeed.com, truthkings.com, ufoholic.com, undergroundworldnews.com, unz.com, usanewshome.com, usapoliticsnow.com, usasupreme.com, usdcrisis.com, usslibertyveterans.org, vdare.com, veteransnewsnow.com, veteranstoday.com, vigilantcitizen.com, viralliberty.com, voltairenet.org, wakeupthesheep.com, wakingtimes.com, washingtonsblog.com, wearechange.org, weshapelife.org, whatdoesitmean.com, whatreallyhappened.com, wikileaks.com, wikileaks.org, wikispooks.com, worldnewspolitics.com, worldpolitics.us, www.fort-russ.com, yournewswire.com, zerohedge.com
This was slightly modified later that year.
- PropOrNot , February 2019
- https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-25/propornot-unmasked , 25 January 2018
- https://twitter.com/propornot/status/1082471500077092864 twitter , 7 January 2019