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Many Americans Believe Fake News Is Sowing Confusion

In the wake of the 2016 election, everyone from President Obama to Pope Francis has raised concerns about fake news and the potential impact on both …

How do you deal with a problem like “fake news?”

CC BY-SA 2.0-licensed photo by Marco Paköeningrat.Last month, Adam Mosseri, a VP at Facebook in charge of changes to the News Feed, announced steps …

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Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society

<b>Update:</b> <i>On March 9, 2018, I gave a talk expanding on my ideas in this post after a year of reflection/research. You can read the talk crib and watch</i> …

Rather to teach 'Finding the truth in news'

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather has been tapped to teach an online journalism course called “Finding the truth in the news.”<p>The course is being …

Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth

Commentary<p>Fact-checkers and students approach websites differently<p>Did Donald Trump support the Iraq War? Hillary Clinton says yes. He says no. Who's …

Fake News Expert On How False Stories Spread And Why People Believe Them

Craig Silverman of <i>BuzzFeed News</i> has spent years studying media inaccuracy. He explains how false stories during the presidential campaign were spread on Facebook and monetized by Google AdSense.<p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. So do you remember …

The Classroom Where Fake News Fails

By now, you've probably heard about one very real consequence of fake news — the infamous "pizzagate" conspiracy theory that ended with Edgar Welch, 28, firing a real gun inside a real Washington, D.C., pizzeria filled with real people.<p>When <i>The New York Times</i> later asked Welch what he thought when …

Kids in Macedonia made up and circulated many false news stories in the US election

“The pope endorses Donald Trump,” roared the headline.<p>Only he didn’t.<p>It’s just not true.<p>But that didn’t stop the story from getting thousands upon thousands of "likes," shares and other forms of engagement via social media.<p>And for the guys creating these lies, that means revenue. Cold hard cash. …

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Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts

Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant.<p>So, yes, fake news is a big problem.<p>These stories …

Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds

If the children are the future, the future might be very ill-informed.<p>That's one implication of a new study from Stanford researchers that evaluated students' ability to assess information sources and described the results as "dismaying," "bleak" and "[a] threat to democracy."<p>As content creators …

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Stanford Study Finds Most Students Vulnerable To Fake News

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Professor Sam Wineburg about his study that tested over 7,800 teenagers about their ability to differentiate fake from real news and sponsored ads from news articles.<p>Transcript<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:<p>How do kids and teenagers perceive what they read online? Can they tell …

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Fake news is old news to climate scientists

Think fake news is a recent plague, borne of the presidential election? It’s not.<p>“The notion of ‘fake news’ is hardly new to climate scientists like …

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How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world?

The circulation of fake news through social media in the 2016 presidential election has raised several concerns about online information.<p>Of course, …

Debunking fake news is teachers' latest task

History teacher Chris Dier was in the middle of a lesson last week at Chalmette High School in Chalmette, Louisiana, when a student raised his hand with a befuddling inquiry: "He raised his hand and asked if I knew about Hillary Clinton using pizza places to traffic people."<p>About a thousand miles …

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Fake-news search engine tracks spread of lies

Now you can map the web of lies.<p>A beta version of Hoaxy, a search engine designed to track fake news, was released Wednesday by Indiana University's Network Science Institute and its Center for Complex Networks and System Research. Hoaxy indexes stories from 132 sites known to produce fake news, …