Real vs. Fake News: How to Tell Which is Which

“Fake news” has been in the news lately. Biased and inaccurate information is readily available, and political parties, elected officials, pundits, and journalists regularly dismiss the “facts” presented by those with different agendas or points of view. “Fake news” has become a buzzword for those who want to call attention to this biased or inaccurate information, as well as for those who use the accusation “that’s fake news!” as a way to defend their own points of view, discredit other perspectives, or even deflect attention from their own misinformation.

At the same time, internet “filter bubbles” decrease the likelihood that any of us will discover news and other information that challenges our own existing perspectives and opinions.

In a world where misinformation is rampant, factual information is contested, and filter bubbles create echo chambers in which we interact mostly with people who already agree with us, how can we determine the accuracy of the information we consume, and find accurate information from different perspectives?

Our research guide, Real vs. Fake News: How To Avoid Lies, Hoaxes, and Clickbait and Find the Truth, can help! Use the guide to:

  • learn how filter bubbles and echo chambers contribute to the spread of fake news, and how to get out of your echo chamber
  • learn which “news” sites are fake or biased
  • learn how to spot common features of fake news sources
  • learn how find reliable news sources
  • learn how to use fact checkers and the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test to evaluate the sources you find

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