In Bad News, a ten-minute web game by Cambridge social psychology professor Sander van der Linden, you play a devious conspiracy theorist spreading fake news. The point, van der Linden tells Fast Company, is to teach people how disinformation is made and spread.
How to teach kids to spot fake news? First: Teach everyone to spot fake news. When I was a child, my parents had access to only a few news sources: our local paper, the big-city dailies (for us, the Washington Post and the New York Times) and the nightly news. Kids today have ... the entire internet, with every…
As usual, America had another mass shooting this weekend, and as usual, misinformation started spreading immediately. Fact-checking social media hoaxes has become a prominent part of the media’s standard post-shooting process.
Chemtrails are not real, but that hasn’t stopped an increasing number of Americans from thinking they are.
Facebook has a fake news problem. Its most recent trending news misstep promoted misinformation from anonymous messageboard 4chan about the Las Vegas shooting. To combat the spread of fake news (and growing backlash against the company), the social network is testing out a new feature enabling users to tell the…
Word travels fast when a news event is breaking. Even across the country from Las Vegas, people who hadn’t gone to bed yet found it hard to sleep as they watched the body count rise and saw information drip out about what happened and who the shooter might be. But mixed in with the truth were half-truths, hoaxes, and…
Social media is a firehose of bullshit, because it’s a firehose of everything. Essential oils cure all diseases! Sharks are swimming on Houston’s freeways! Okay, not really. Here’s why we see so much garbage on social media and what to do about it.
Major news events like Hurricane Harvey produce thousands of photos, and thousands more tweets and Facebook posts of fake, outdated or out-of-context photos. This time the big winner is a photoshop of a shark on the freeway, which pops up during every major hurricane.
When you see a video online that seems a bit too wild to be true, chances are it probably is. Along with fake news stories, fake viral videos are all over Facebook and YouTube, a lot of them made by people who know what they’re doing, which makes it hard to determine whether or not they’re on the up and up. Fake…
It’s not uncommon these days to come across a news story citing information from unnamed U.S. officials, but in the era of fake news, how can the discerning reader be sure that “anonymous sources” isn’t code for “totally fictional propaganda”?
Now more than ever it’s important to be able to tell when you’re reading #FakeNews. However, determining whether something is fake or real isn’t always easy. Think you know your stuff? Give Factitious a try.
Your Facebook News Feed is about to change, yet again, and it’s because the social media giant wants you to be better informed.
When you type a question into Google Search, you’ll often get a complete answer right at the top of the page. These featured answers can be a great time-saver, but they can also be dead wrong.
Everyone is trying to crack down on fake news, but there’s still little understanding of why such preposterous information spreads so easily. One recent study may have revealed a very important piece of the puzzle, however: people trust their friends too much.
As fake news stories and misleading information thrives on the internet, we’re left wondering how to combat the flood of garbage. There’s one possible answer, but we’re hesitant to embrace it: subscriptions.
Fake news has been a big talking point the last few weeks, and today, Facebook’s finally rolling out tools to help you report fake news so that it doesn’t continue to spread.
It’s easy to hop online and find information on just about anything, but it’s also easy to find unreliable, downright wrong information, too. Google Images can help detect a fake news story written around an image.
Chrome: Facebook has a very real fake news problem. To help combat this, B.S. Detector will show a little red warning when you’re about to click a link that comes from a questionable, “satirical” or fake news source.