What is "Fake News"?
Fake news stories and misinformation initiatives are mostly created to increase web and social media traffic for the purposes of generating revenue, advancing an agenda, or amusing readers.
Characteristics of fake news story
- It can’t be verified
- Fake news appeals to the emotions
- Authors usually aren’t experts
- It can’t be found anywhere else
- Fake news comes from fake sites (source)
How to Spot Fake News
(From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)
"Is Your News Fake or Fact?"
"Which Face is Real?"
"Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?"
"Can You Spot the Fake News Story?"
Fake News Fighters
Feedspot - Top 50 Fake News Websites and Blogs on the Web – refreshed weekly
Allsides - media bias ratings provide balanced news, perspectives and issues across the political spectrum; helpful Media Bias Chart and Dictionary, and respectful conversation models
FactCheck.org – celebrating 15 years of holding politicians accountable; current and archived articles you can check, can also directly ask a question
PolitiFact - fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter, “Pants on Fire” stories
Snopes - started in 1994 to investigate urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore; skillful analysis of news stories
Our.News - Social news network that aggregates content and uses crowdsourcing to collect reader agreement with and trust in the facts of any news story
AP Fact Check and Not Real News That Happened This Week – Associated Press is doing its own fact checking