Spot Fake News

This guide is an introduction to learning the essential skills for identifying fake news, propaganda, and other misinformation so commonly found online nowadays.

Are You Up to the Challenge?

How does Fake News Affect Lives?

Fake News and the Spread of Misinformation
Peer reviewed articles collected by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School of Media, Politics, and Public Policy.

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning
Stanford University studies the news literacy skills of high school and college students.

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News a Grand Challenge of our Age
BBC News talks with experts about key challenges in their areas of expertise.


Tools to fight Fake News

Fact-Checking Sites:

Media Bias Fact Check




Washington Post Fact Checker 


Browser Plug-ins:

BS Detector  (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

Fake News Alert (Chrome)


Recommended by Harvard University

How to Spot Fake News: Infographic

Credible Sources: Library Databases

Shades of Truthiness: Levels of Misinformation

These are adapted from the tags used at OpenSource:

Fake News: Sources that intentionally fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports.
Satire: Sources that use humor, irony, exaggeration, ridicule, and false information to comment on current events. 

Bias: Sources that come from a particular point of view and may rely on propaganda, decontextualized information, and opinions distorted as facts.

Rumor Mill: Sources that traffic in rumors, gossip, innuendo, and unverified claims.

State News: Sources in repressive states operating under government sanction.

Junk Science: Sources that promote pseudoscience, metaphysics, naturalistic fallacies, and other scientifically dubious claims.

A strategically placed hyperlink designed to drive traffic to sources that provide generally credible content, but use exaggerated, misleading, or questionable headlines, social media descriptions, and/or images. 

Hate News: Sources that actively promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.
Conspiracy TheorySources that are well-known promoters of kooky conspiracy theories.


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