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We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned : All Tech Considered

We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned : All Tech Considered
"The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right." Fanatic Studio/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Fanatic Studio/Getty Images "The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right." A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. We wondered who was behind that story and why it was written. We tried to look up who owned it and hit a wall. By day, John Jansen is head of engineering at Master-McNeil Inc., a tech company in Berkeley, Calif. Jansen started by looking at the site's history. Jansen is kind of like an archaeologist. The "Denver Guardian" was built and designed using a pretty common platform — WordPress. "That was sort of the thread that started to unravel everything," Jansen says. The sites include NationalReport.net, USAToday.com.co, WashingtonPost.com.co. Interview Highlights Yes. Can I ask who?

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How to outsmart fake news in your Facebook feed It doesn't have to be this way. Fake news is actually really easy to spot -- if you know how. Consider this your New Media Literacy Guide. Libguide: Harvard Library research guide Skip to main content Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda This guide offers a brief introduction to the spread of misinformation of all kinds and tools for identifying it, and reading the news with a more informed eye A Visual Take Lesson Plan: How to Spot Fake News The problem of fake news came to a dizzying head in 2016 when a man fired a shot in a family pizzeria as he “self-investigated” a false report of a child abuse ring led by top democrats. A BuzzFeed report confirmed that fake news stories, such as the one that claimed Hillary Clinton sold arms to ISIS, were actually viewed more times than articles from established and legitimate news sources. Did fake news have an impact on the election? How do we address the problem from here?

Fake News Is Here: Help Students Detect It We highly recommend that teachers explore the New York Times Learning Network article (1/19/17) sharing many lesson ideas and resources (including this post): Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News. By Frank W. Baker Article: My ‘fake news list’ went viral. But made-up stories are only part of the problem. Fake news spreads easily on Facebook. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic) For years, I have rolled my eyes at news headlines on Facebook. Even respected mainstream news institutions were marketing their articles for clicks, shares and an ever-dwindling piece of the advertising-revenue pie. But lately, some more questionable outlets have started appearing in feeds, mimicking the attention-starved style that bothered me when real news organizations used it. These other sources — with names such as 100percentfedup.com and Natural News — started showing up as citations in my students’ papers and referenced as authoritative in classroom discussions, too.

The Honest Truth about Fake News … and How Not to Fall for It (with Lesson Plan) Did you hear that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump for president? Or that Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS? Crazy, right? And … 100 percent false. untitled Schoolwork “The teacher said we can’t use the internet.” The San Rafael Public Library has a vast collection of books on every topic for your information needs, but don’t forget to check out our online homework resources to find vetted information from reputable publishers. Our e-resources combine reliability with the convenience of researching from home or wherever you have internet access. “The teacher said we can use the internet, but not Wikipedia.” Ask your teacher or librarian to help you formulate a search if you are uncertain how to begin.Learn how to use Google’s advanced search capabilities.Use the CRAAP test to assess your results.

Article: How can you beat the Facebook bubble? Last updated 00:01, March 23 2017 Facebook is working non-stop to give you what it thinks you want. How can you take back control over your newsfeed? Hannah Martin reports, as part of 'The Takeover' series. Fake Facebook News Sites to Avoid As Facebook and now Google face scrutiny for promoting fake news stories, Melissa Zimdars, a communication and media professor from Merrimack College in Massachusetts, has compiled a handy list of websites you should think twice about trusting. “Below is a list of fake, false, regularly misleading, and otherwise questionable ‘news’ organizations that are commonly shared on Facebook and other social media sites,” Zimdars explains. “Many of these websites rely on ‘outrage’ by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.” (Click here to see the list.) Be warned: Zimdars’s list is expansive in scope, and stretches beyond the bootleg sites (many of them headquartered in Macedonia) that write fake news for the sole reason of selling advertisements.

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