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Triple-Check For Fake News on Social Media — Learning Resources

Watch the embedded CNN video below.
Watch the embedded CNN video below.

It happens to me all the time on social media. I see something interesting that connects with what I like or want to believe, start to read it, and then I immediately start to share it with my friends. I’m learning, however, to think more about it first. Now I’m spending more time considering whether what I see and read comes from a reputable news source or if some of the details in the article can survive a fact check.

Anyone can set up a catchy name on Facebook and send out news, but these authors don’t necessarily check or even care about the facts. Here’s what Brian Stelter on CNN has to say on the subject on his Oct 30, 2016 broadcast.                 

You can read more about this video at the CNN site.

Another complication is how to use and teach people to interact with satire sites such as The Onion or The Borowitz Report. Lots of people understand satire, but during the 2016 election, many people read satire articles and assumed they were factual.

Bottom line? Media literacy training is critical for everyone in the digital world.

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3 thoughts on “Triple-Check For Fake News on Social Media — Learning Resources

    1. Watch Brian Stelter’s video where he makes some suggestions. Beyond that, you can check to see — with a fast Google search — if what you are reading is picked up by other media such as CNN, any large-circulation newspaper, NBC or CBS, NPR, or Fox news. If none of these have picked or have news stories about the news you saw on Facebook, there is reason for caution when it comes to sharing. This is the same rule that kids learn when they write their research papers — always confirm before you conclude.

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