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Fake News: How to Spot Misinformation

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What is "Fake News?"

Not a new concept, "fake news" refers to intentionally and verifiably false stories that are largely disseminated through social media networks. It can be very persuasive and therefore it is necessary to develop strategies to identify and critically assess news you read on social media. A recent (March 2018) article in Science evaluated the dissemination of "fake news" on Twitter between 2006-2017. "False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth." Think before you share!

Please use the graphic below to help verify what you read online, and consider whether you can verify news before you 'Share.'

How to Spot Fake News