A 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
- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
- American Pravda : my fight for truth in the era of fake news by James O’Keefe
- Breaking hate : confronting the new culture or extremism by Christian Picciolini
- Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news by Kevin Young
- Calling bullshit : the art of skepticism in a data-driven world by Carl T. Bergsrom & Jevin D. West
- Don’t burn this book : thinking for yourself in an age of unreason by Dave Rubin
- Fake news, propaganda, and plain old lies : hot to find trustworthy information in the digital age by Donald A. Barclay
- Information wars : how we lost the global battle against disinformation and what we can do about it by Richard Stengel
- Republic of lies : American conspiracy theories and their surprising rise to power by Anna Merlan
- The smear : how shady political operatives and fake news control what you see, what you think and how you vote by Sharyl Attkisson
- 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)
- As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts (ABC)
- 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 Archive (PBS NewsHour Classroom)
- 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)
- The Quick Guide to Spotting Fake News (Freedom Forum Institute)
- 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
- FactCheck.org: 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.
- 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
- Video: How to Spot Fake News (video demonstration)
You can also check Online Resources (Masterfile Premier, Proquest Platform and Business Source Premier) on the Library website for more information.