“…bad news phenomenon, which also encompasses many forms of shoddy, unresearched, error-filled, and deliberately misleading reporting…a lot of these viral claims aren’t “news” at all, but fiction, satire and efforts to fool readers into thinking they’re for real.” - David Mikkelson
Satire or Parody - No intention to cause harm but has potential to fool
Misleading Content - Misleading use of information to frame an issue or individual
Imposter Content - When genuine sources are impersonated
False Context - When genuine content is shared with false contextual information
Manipulated content - When genuine information or imagery is manipulated to deceive
Fabricated Content - New content is 100% false, designed to deceive and do harm
False Connection - When headlines, visuals or captions don't support the content.
Tips on how to spot fake news, including: checking URL; search photos in Google Images; verify original sources in the news that you’re consuming; install a Chrome plug-in to the web browser; checking the ads on the website to see if they look legit; check for a “Contact Us” section on the website.
Source: Washington Post
Duration: 2:04 minutes
Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers