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Real or fake? Take our fake news quiz to find out. Powered by There's one question readers ask us more than any other about fake news: How can we even begin to tell if a story is fabricated, or if a news source is untrustworthy? Hundreds (if not thousands) of online outlets try to trick people into clicking on, believing in and sharing their made-up wares. It can be exceptionally difficult to determine whether a report can be taken at face value. After spending months sorting through news stories we've proven are fake, we've identified some common elements among bogus reports. We're here to help, with this handy quiz that can help guide you as you read. The next time you run across a news story that seems unbelieveable, take a closer look.

When you're done, our test will give you an idea of whether the story (and the website that published it) is worth heeding, or if you'd be better off looking elsewhere. 12/2/16: Fake news: an insidious trend that's fast becoming a global problem | Media. Germany The German political mainstream is getting increasingly nervous about the effect that the rise of fake news might have on federal elections next autumn. Fake news and Russian interference – either by influencing fake news sites, or by hacking or misinformation – are viewed as a serious threat to the democratic process, particularly since the US presidential elections.

From rumours that Merkel was in the east German secret police, the Stasi, to others suggesting she is Adolf Hitler’s daughter, Germans are also proving themselves susceptible to false information. The most blatant example of fake news to hit Germany so far occurred earlier this year over reports that a 13-year-old girl of Russian origin, known as Lisa F, had been raped in Berlin by refugees from the Middle East. The story received extensive coverage on Russian and German media who reported the allegations that she had been abducted on her way to school and gang-raped. Kate Connolly France Angelique Chrisafis Myanmar. 12/7/16: Pope Francis compares fake news consumption to eating faeces |The Guardian. Pope Francis has lambasted media organisations that focus on scandals and smears and promote fake news as a means of discrediting people in public life. Spreading disinformation was “probably the greatest damage that the media can do”, the pontiff told the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio.

It is a sin to defame people, he added. Using striking terminology, Francis said journalists and the media must avoid falling into “coprophilia” – an abnormal interest in excrement. Those reading or watching such stories risked behaving like coprophagics, people who eat faeces, he added. The pope excused himself for using terminology that some might find repellent. “I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into – no offence intended – the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true,” he said. He also spoke of the danger of using the media to slander political rivals. . … we have a small favour to ask. 1/26/18: 'Fake news': Trump dismisses report he ordered Mueller's firing. Media Bias/Fact Check - Learn the Bias of News Media. Untitled. List of fake news websites– Wikipedia. This is a list of fake news sites.

These sites intentionally, but not necessarily solely, publish hoaxes and disinformation for purposes other than news satire. Some of these sites use homograph spoofing attacks, typosquatting and other deceptive strategies similar to those used in phishing attacks to resemble genuine news outlets.[1][2] Definition List For Philippine audiences Fake news sites have become rampant for Philippine audiences, especially being shared on social media.[95] Politicians have started filing laws to combat fake news.[96][97] The Catholic Church in the Philippines has also released a missive speaking out against it.[98] See also References. Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world. We were guaranteed a free press, We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state. We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses.

But it has always been up to the reader or viewer to make the reliability and credibility decisions. It is up to the reader or viewer to negotiate truth. News literacy is complicated. Professional journalists themselves face new practical and ethical challenges relating to anonymity, privacy and safety, as well as reliability in their attempts to verify sources of breaking news from social media and user-generated content in all media formats. Even news that is vetted by editors and publishers sometimes emerges from that process a bit processed, perhaps leaning in a particular direction.

And word choice itself is connected to truth. On news literacy Our kids need new types of filters. S disciplines. What’s going on? Fake news. Why Facts Don't Convince People (and what you can do about it) 2017 commonsense newsandamericaskids. The #Election2016 Micro-Propaganda Machine – Jonathan Albright – Medium. 😱Real Sources / Fake News After finding evidence that much of the “fake” and hyper-biased news traffic during 🇺🇸#Election2016 was arriving through direct hyperlinks, search engines, and “old school” sharing tactics such as email newsletters, RSS, and instant messaging, I thought I would do a small “big data” project.

I wrote this piece because I feel the argument about Facebook’s role in influencing the outcome of the U.S. election doesn’t address the real problem: the sources of the fake/misleading/hyper-biased information. Sure, Google’s ad network and Facebook’s News Feed/“Related Stories” algorithms amplify the emotional spread of misinformation, and social media naturally turn up the volume of political outrage. At the same time, I think journalists, researchers and data geeks should first look into the factors that are actually 1) producing the content and 2) driving the online traffic. ⚗Welcome to the Micro-Propaganda Machine There’s a vast network of dubious “news” sites. Legend. Week 10: Credibility/Authority (*=Key reading) Librarians take up arms against fake news. Librarians are stepping into the breach to help students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives.

That’s increasingly necessary in an era in which fake news is a constant. Janelle Hagen is a school librarian whose job goes far beyond checking out books. She and many other librarians are equipping students to fight through lies, distortion and trickery to find their way to truth. Helping students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives has become increasingly necessary in an era in which fake news is a constant. Two University of Washington professors recently announced a new class that will focus on the ways data are misused to mislead the public. Hagen, the middle-school librarian at Lakeside School in Seattle, said the students she serves are online every day, and they need to be able to figure out what’s trustworthy and what isn’t. Besides running the library, Hagen said, she teaches a class called “digital life.” Facing a Divided Nation, ALA Offers Free Training for Libraries | Programming Librarian. The ALA Public Programs Office and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite library professionals to attend a free learning series to explore various dialogue facilitation approaches and position themselves to foster conversation and lead change in their communities.

“As our nation becomes increasingly divided, ALA sees tremendous opportunity for libraries to be a leading force for reconciliation, progress and common ground,” said ALA President Julie Todaro. “We are proud to make community engagement resources available to all libraries, free of charge, through this initiative.” Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, a two-year project, ALA and NCDD will produce ten webinars and three in-person workshops. First four sessions announced Registration is currently open for four learning sessions. Representatives of public libraries serving large or urban communities are invited to attend the following three-part series: Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up | Programming Librarian.

Don't Get Faked Out by the News. Fake news. Post-truth and information literacy | Sense & Reference. CC0, Public Domain So there’s this phrase being bandied about: “post-truth.” As in, we live in a “post-truth era.” Popular use of the phrase is over a decade old, but its recent ascendancy lead The Oxford English Dictionary to name it Word of the Year for 2016; here’s the OED definition: relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

I mean, we’re at the point where Trump supporters racists are literally saying that “there’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore of facts.” As you’ve probably noticed, librarians are all over post-truth. There’s only one problem with that: information literacy has never been about truth. by Jason Eppink, CC-BY Go ahead and search the ACRL Framework, search the ACRL Standards, search the AASL Standards, search the SCONUL Seven Pillars. But, I’m getting off-topic. By Tim Abbott, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Simmons, M. Tewell, E. (2015). Like this: Like Loading... Fake News - Evaluating Information - Library Guides at University of Washington Libraries. Search and the Information Landscape (530) Fake News Workshop|U of IL at Urbana-Champaign. UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation by Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Google, democracy and the truth about internet search | Technology.

Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. Are Jews evil? Google is search. The sixth is from Yahoo Answers: “Why are Jews so evil?” There’s one result in the 10 that offers a different point of view. I feel like I’ve fallen down a wormhole, entered some parallel universe where black is white, and good is bad.

Stories about fake news on Facebook have dominated certain sections of the press for weeks following the American presidential election, but arguably this is even more powerful, more insidious. He came across a similar instance in 2006 when, “If you typed ‘Jew’ in Google, the first result was Google is knowledge. Next I type: “a-r-e m-u-s-l-i-m-s”. Jews are evil. He’s surprised too. Google isn’t just a search engine, of course. Like a cancer? Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin. Misinformation, disinformation, fake news. The more outrageous, the better: How clickbait ads make money for fake news sites. Robert Shooltz knows that fake news can lead to real money. He runs, a website that parodies real news outlets by running absurd posts written to read like factual articles.

Working online in his off hours, he uses the site to generate advertising revenue. In an average month, he said, his side hustle can net him about $1,000 a month. It’s not much, but it pays for server space and site promotion, to bring in more readers. "At this point it’s still a side venture and definitely not enough to live off of, but the goal is to get to a point where I can write full time and support myself while doing so," Shooltz told PolitiFact. Some fake news purveyors claim to make big bucks from their faux wares. Paris Wade and Ben Goldman, the two men behind the fake news site, said they made up to $40,000 per month in the runup to the 2016 presidential election. To do it: All you need are some common online services and enough tech savvy to set up your own website.

How do we become better citizens of information? | continuum | University of Minnesota Libraries. Much has been written in the last few weeks about how we consume and share news, links and information around and beyond the recent elections. Do we live in a post-truth world? These are not new issues but social media and the internet have created new profit models around deliberately creating and perpetuating incorrect information. 1) Say No to Clickbait and check the domain name Is it a .com? .org? Or a fake version of a real site (e.g. How Fake New goes Viral by Sapna Maheshwari. 2) Check the date Has it just been labeled as “breaking news” even though it is out of date? 3) Find the original source and read it This will help you form your own opinions. 4) Start at a library: Librarians at the University of Minnesota are here to help. Race and Equity in Minnesota: Library Research Guide The filter bubble: what the Internet is hiding from you by Eli Pariser. 2011.

Read more Fake News Expert on How False Stories Spread and Why People Believe Them. Is it true? Try these fact-checking websites and resources | Arlington Heights Memorial Library. The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public. These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.

Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy. By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.

By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content. Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit. 10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation – TeachBytes. In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resources available for educating students on this matter, such as Kathy Schrock’s Five W’s of Website Evaluation or the University of Southern Maine’s Checklist for Evaluating Websites. Along with checklists and articles, you will also find wonderfully funny hoax websites, aimed at testing readers on their ability to evaluate websites.

These hoax sites are a great way to bring humor and hands-on evaluation into your classroom, and test your students’ web resource evaluation IQ! Check out these 11 example hoax sites for use in your own classrooms: Of all of these, my favorite is always the Dihydrogen Monoxide website, which aims to ban dihydrogen monoxide and talks in detail about its dangers. Only after a few minutes did I catch that dihydrogen monoxide, is after all, H2O! Happy hoax-hunting! Like this: Post-Truth: Fake News and a New Era of Information Literacy | Programming Librarian. Truth, Lies and Quibblers: Media Literacy for a New Era | Oakland Public Library. Don't Fall for Fake News. Your library offers workshops and resources to build media literacy.

Before fake news and alternative facts there was … The Quibbler and The Daily Prophet. Yes, I am talking about the wizarding world of journalism. Bear with me. For those who skipped the Harry Potter series, The Quibbler was Rowling’s storyline about a tabloid complete with sensational headlines, paparazzi and misleading (even fake) stories. Imagine if Harry Potter readers graduated to Book 7 having gained media literacy skills from the stories.

Lest we blame J.K. DON’T FALL FOR FAKE NEWS - Workshop and Discussion Guide In this interactive workshop, we cover key terms, practice identifying lies, bias and quality news, and explore the value of accurate and diverse media sources -- all while helping you make informed choices. Educators: Download the workshop materials here. We are planning additional media literacy workshops now. EVALUATING NEWS - Resources Here are a few tools we recommend: What is Fake News? - "Fake" News - Library Guides at Penn State University.