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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?

Factitious - the Pandemic Edition

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:


Lead Stories     

Media Bias/Fact Check                          Stop-the-Bullshit (github)                                    Fake News Guard (Chrome)

     Politifact                                             NewsGuard  


Washington Post Fact Checker     

 Check Your Fact      

Identifying Fake News Sites:

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

     How to Fight  Lies, Tricks, and Chaos Online from Verge

Social Media and Speech

Subject Guide

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How do I Verify Information?

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