Fake News: Fake news

student guide for detecting fake news and finding reliable information

Who starts fake Covid news?

Fake News Generator: Who starts viral misinformation? - BBC News (2:44 minutes) Conspiracy theories and speculation about coronavirus have flooded social media. But who starts these rumors? And who spreads them? 

Where does fake news come from?

Artificial Intelligence and Fake News

Go deeper into misinformation

Protect yourself from lies and hoaxes with these steps:

1.  Slow down and take a second look!  Watch for these red flags    red flag

  • strange web address (example abcnews.com.co)
  • no listing of the source of the picture or information
  • purposeful evoking of outrage or other strong emotions
  • logic-defying pictures or text
2.  Do a web search to find other sources for the story. But be careful! There may be lots of sites that link to the original fake site, so unless you find the story in a trusted site, keep investigating.
3.  Look for the story in a trusted fact checking site. (See recommended fact checking tools below.)
4.  Find the original source of an image through Tin Eye or a Google image search.  
5.  Look for the story in a trusted news source. (See next tab for recommended trusted news sources.)  
6.  Use your own critical thinking skills. Is the story emotionally manipulative? Does this story really make sense?

Fact checking resources

Tips for fact checking! Use the websites below to help you determine the reliability and bias of the information provided by a source. For example, look up the claims, author credentials and organization names mentioned in the source.

Source evaluation resources

7 Types of Mis- and Disinformation

7 types of mis- and dis-information graphic


From Information Disorder, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


Tips for detecting fake news

How to spot fake news chart

From the International Federation of Library Associations. Click image or here to download pdf. 

Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Lateral Reading

Read the web like a fact checker with lateral reading. From Stanford History Education Group (3:47 minutes)


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