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Fake News

Fake NewsA Definition of Fake News

““[F]ake news”…[is] those news stories that are false: the story itself is fabricated, with no verifiable facts, sources or quotes. Sometimes these stories may be propaganda that is intentionally designed to mislead the reader, or may be designed as “clickbait” written for economic incentives (the writer profits on the number of people who click on the story). In recent years, fake news stories have proliferated via social media, in part because they are so easily and quickly shared online.”  “Fake News,” Lies and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction   






The Age-Old Problem of “Fake News” (Smithsonian)

America’s growing fake news problem, in one chart (Vox)

Anyone can fall for ‘fake news,’ conspiracy theories: The psychology of misinformation (USA Today)  

Deepfake laws emerge as harassment, security threats come into focus (Cyberscoop)

Fact Check: How to Decipher Online News and Information/Examples of Fake News  (Walden University)  

Fake News Workshop (Penn State University Libraries)

Fighting Fake News Workshop Report (Yale Law School)  

Five Ways to Spot Disinformation on Your Social Media Feeds (ABC)

Here’s What Non-Fake News Looks Like (Columbia Journalism Review)

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to be Media Savvy) (Common Sense Media)

Should you trust media bias charts? (Poynter) 

What are deepfakes – and how can you spot them? (Guardian)

What is a deepfake? Everything you need to know about the AI-powered fake media (Insider)


Sources for fact-checking the news A monitor of the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players

Fact Checker (Washington Post): Truth check political figures and their issues.

NewsGuard: known as the “Internet Trust Tool” and helps internet users navigate through reliable and unreliable news sources online.  The browsers on our public library computers are equipped with NewsGuard!

Snopes: internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.    

RAND Corporation: an index of online resources to use to check disinformation.




Deepfakes: Why you can’t believe everything you see and hear   

How to Combat Fake News  

How We Can Protect Truth in the Age of Misinformation   

You can also check Online Resources (Masterfile Premier, Proquest Platform and Business Source Premier) on the Library website for more information.       


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