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This guide offers a brief introduction to the spread of misinformation of all kinds and tools for identifying it, and reading the news with a more informed eye

5 ways to spot & stop fake news from Harvard University

What Makes Real News Real?

What is Fake News?

According to Wikipedia: Fake news is a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation, be it via the traditional news media or via social media, with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically. It often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news-stories in order to increase readership and online sharing.

Background Information

Reports from Universities

Fake News and the Spread of Misinformation (From the Shorenstein Center with links to peer-reviewed articles)

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning (From Stanford University)

Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content (Columbia Journalism School)

Fact-Checking Sites and Plug-Ins

Fact Checking Sites:                            Browser Plug-ins:

     Media Bias/Fact Check                          BS Detector (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

     FactCheck.org                                         Fake News Alert (Chrome)

     Politifact                                                    This is Fake (Chrome for Facebook feed)

     Snopes

     Washington Post Fact Checker            

Identifying Fake News Sites:

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical "News" Sources (List of fake news sites)

Subject Guide

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