What is fake news? Come up with a definition.
Fake News: False information or propaganda published under the guise of being authentic news. Fact Checking: The process of verifying the accuracy of a claim or statement. Media Literacy: The ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media messages in a variety of forms.
What can be done to help you distinguish between fake news and real news?
- Take a course on media literacy
- Consult trusted news sources
- Be aware of bias in news reporting
- Research and verify news stories
In 2019, a study of 15-18 year olds found that only 14% of them correctly identified a fake news article they had seen online. In 2019, a survey of UK adults discovered that only 11% of them could correctly identify all of the fake news headlines they were presented with. In 2020, a study found that young people are more likely to recognize fake news when it’s presented with a red warning label than if it’s presented without one.
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What are the common characteristics of fake news?
What ethical objections do people have to fake news?
What are some strategies you can use to fact-check information you see on social media or other online sources to determine if it is reliable or fake news?
In one sentence, describe what media literacy is and how it relates to fake news?