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Evaluating Online Information

This guide will provide opportunities for viewers to work through the various techniques and steps of evaluating online information such as things found on websites and social media.

Fake News: What is it?

At the most basic level, fake news is false or misleading information that has be packaged or presented in a way that makes it look like it came from a legitimate news source. Because it looks legitimate, people easily believe the information and share with others creating a vicious cycle.

Watch this short video to learn how easily fake news can spread.

Different Types of Fake News

  • Pure fake news sites use fabricated stories to lure traffic, encourage clicks (click bait), influence or profit using intentionally deceptive, but highly intriguing, often sensational information.
  • Hoax sites also share false information with the intention to trick readers/viewers
  • Satirical sites present news with a comical, often exaggerated spin
  • Born digital images and edited images alter and often misrepresent visual reality

Valenza, J. (2016, November 26). Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a "post-truth" world.

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