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Land Destroyer 6 Best Fact Checking Websites That Help You Distinguish Between Truth and Rumors The Internet has been called “The Information Super Highway” and rightly so. It’s now the epicenter of breaking news and the free flowing information has brought the world and the people closer and made us aware of other cultures and traditions. But all this comes with a flipside. Daily Grail Frontpage Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors The sharp increase in popularity of social media networks (primarily Facebook) has created a predatory secondary market among online publishers seeking to profitably exploit the large reach of those networks and their huge customer bases by spreading fake news and outlandish rumors. Competition for social media’s large supply of willing eyeballs is fierce, and a number of frequent offenders regularly fabricate salacious and attention-grabbing tales simply to drive traffic (and revenue) to their sites. Facebook has worked at limiting the reach of hoax-purveying sites in their customers’ news feeds, inhibiting (but not eradicating) the spread of fake news stories.

6 Quick Ways to Spot Fake News The spectrum of less-than-credible links posted to social media sites is vast. In addition to deliberately written fake news stories (often somewhat inaccurately tagged as “satire”), the online world abounds with articles that are based on exaggerated, misconstrued, manipulated, misrepresented, or outright deceptive premises. It’s fair to say that the majority of users on social media sites wish to share interesting, funny, compelling, unique, or otherwise discussion-worthy material without having to run full-scale fact checks on everything. It’s also reasonable to observe that every so often, not-so-trustworthy information will sneak into posts despite the best efforts and intentions of social media users.

Six Easy Ways To Tell If That Viral Story Is A Hoax “And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems confirmed”. The image in question purported to show a group of Syrian refugees holding ISIS flags and attacking German police officers. For those resistant to accepting refugees into Europe, this story was a godsend. The photo quickly spread across social media, propelled by far-right groups such as the English Defence League and Pegida UK. At the time of writing, the page claims to have been shared over 300,000 times. The problem is, the photo is three years old, and has precious little to do with the refugee crisis.

Post verità: vivere, capire, scegliere, votare tra bufale e camere dell'eco Post-truth, cioè post verità, è la parola dell’anno per l’Oxford Dictionary. La prima notizia è che l’uso di questo termine cresce del duemila per cento nel 2016 rispetto all’anno precedente. Il termine denota o si riferisce a circostanze in cui i fatti oggettivi sono meno influenti degli appelli a emozioni e credenze personali nel formare l’opinione pubblica.Volendo, potete anche dare un’occhiata al breve video che segnala le altre parole prese in esame per quest’anno: tutte assieme, costituiscono una interessante rassegna delle tendenze e delle idiosincrasie contemporanee. Hoaxkiller Analyse d'un message Un hoax est une information fausse, périmée ou invérifiable propagée spontanément par les internautes (voir aussi les Généralités). Les hoax peuvent concerner tout sujet susceptible de déclencher une émotion positive ou négative chez le lecteur : alerte virus, disparition d'enfant, promesse de bonheur, pétition, etc. Ils existent avant tout sous forme écrite et incitent le plus souvent explicitement l'internaute à faire suivre la fausse nouvelle à tous ses correspondants. 1.

The Empathy Trap by Peter Singer PRINCETON – Soon after Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, he told a young girl: “We don’t have enough empathy in our world today, and it is up to your generation to change that.” Obama expressed a widespread view, so the title of a new book, Against Empathy, by Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom, comes as a shock. How can anyone be against something that enables us to put ourselves in others’ shoes and feel what they feel?

How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail Have you ever noticed that when you present people with facts that are contrary to their deepest held beliefs they always change their minds? Me neither. In fact, people seem to double down on their beliefs in the teeth of overwhelming evidence against them. The reason is related to the worldview perceived to be under threat by the conflicting data. Creationists, for example, dispute the evidence for evolution in fossils and DNA because they are concerned about secular forces encroaching on religious faith.

Skeptical Questions Everyone Should Ask Because I am an activist skeptic I am often asked specific questions about how to be a better skeptic. This is obviously a complex question, and I view skepticism (like all knowledge) as a journey not a destination. I am still trying to work out how to be a better skeptic. One recent question, however, took a great approach to the issue of practical skepticism – what questions should a skeptic ask themselves when confronted with a news item? Now you can fact-check Trump’s tweets — in the tweets themselves This article has been updated to include a link to a Firefox version of the extension and to include tweets sent from the POTUS account. On Friday morning, President-elect Donald Trump took a new tack in his war on the Russia hacking issue. As our Dave Weigel noted, this isn't really accurate. There was nothing illegal at play, and Donna Brazile wasn't the head of the Democratic National Committee at the time that she leaked town hall questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Weigel wrote a whole post about the issue — but people who just click through to the link see only Trump's claim, and none of the context. Unless, of course, they've installed our extension for Google Chrome -- or, now: Firefox.

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