Fake news has become a larger topic of conversation. Where and how we get our news has greatly expanded and it has become even more fragmented. There are more sites promoting fake news with claims that are not backed up with evidence. There are also fake news sites that are legitimate that are available for parody like the Onion. When looking at news you have to treat it as if you are trying to evaluate information for research. You have to ask yourself the questions about who is reporting the story, what are the basis of the claims, and use the criteria for evaluating information to see if the news story presented is true. It is a good idea to look at all news organizations more critically, at the stories they present, and the people who are presenting the news. On this page you will find information and stories about fake news and how to critically look at information and postings on social media.
Here are some ways to avoid fake news and below are links on how you can avoid fake news.
The New York Times has created a quiz about fake news called Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post? You will be presented with a series of 2 different Facebook posts about the same topic and you must guess which one is fake and which one is legitimate. See if you can guess correctly?!