What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.
Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency — Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance — Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy — Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority — Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose — Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
A quick BTN Article on how to recognise Fake News Articles online and why it is an issue.
An activist opposing the Maules Creek mining project sent out a fake press release announcing that funding had been pulled from the project, and wiped out millions of dollars off the mining company’s value. This cross-curricular news clip explains the challenges of balancing environmental and economic criteria in the use of natural resources, how companies’ share price depends on investor confidence, and how checking and referencing your sources is a crucial practice when producing media texts.
Did you know that a lot of the fake news that was reported during the 2016 US election between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump was generated by the small town of Veles in Macedonia? Watch the video and click on the links below to learn more.
The false Donald Trump quote that became a famous ''fake news'' meme.
An illustration produced for a later edition of the New York Sun’s “Great Astronomical Discoveries”. Illustration: Wikimedia
It could a video, such as this one shown below. It appears to show an eagle grabbing a small child in its talons and flying away. Some media outlets initially reported on the video as fact. It was, in fact, created by three Montreal animation students in 2012 as a class project. But because some media outlets fell for the hoax, it became a fake news story.