You may have heard some of these stories! There's one thing they have in common: THEY ARE NOT TRUE!
This guide will:
Explore what fake news/information is and why it's an important topic today!
Provide strategies and resources for separating fact from fiction.
Identify ways of finding accurate information.
The ability to fight lies, tricks, and chaos online is an important skill to develop. The Verge
A few definitions:
"Broadly speaking, fake news is disinformation that is disseminated for political purposes, economic gain, or entertainment." Univ. of San Francisco
According to an article in Politifact, the fact-checking website, "Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word."
Remember: Fake news is not necessarily news you disagree with.
Fake news falls into a few different categories: