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Evaluating Information: Fake News

This guide will help you assess the quality, accuracy and reliability of the information you locate to support your assignments and research.

Examples of Fake News

Below are just some types of fake news content. Fake news can be used across a range of different platforms and online media.

 

Fake News by FactCheck.org

Short animation showing some of the tricks for spotting fake news online.

 

Eli Pariser talks about what a filter bubble is, how it affects societies' access to information, and ultimately the functioning of democracy.

Uses of Fake News

Fake News is not an end in itself. It always has some sort of motivation. Here are just some, but the list grows over time.

Political motivation (e.g. for winning an election).

Financial Gain (e.g. influence share prices).

Silence or discredit a journalist.

Incite mass protest.

Character assassination.

Data Leaks (real data mixed with untrue or biased data).

Manipulating public opinion on a topic, event or person.

 

Fake News Stories

Here are two Fake News stories.

Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President. See here for the CNBC/BuzzFeed story with other examples too.

A Spanish woman pretended to be blind for 28 years to avoid social interaction. This was reported as satire in Spanish but picked up as fact in English language news sources. See here for the story from BuzzFeed.