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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   





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!
  • Politifact: rates the accuracy of claims made by elected officials and those who speak up in American politics
  • Snopes: internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.    
  • RAND Corporation: an index of online resources to use to check disinformation.




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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