While in retrospect it’s obvious that foreign actors would use social media to influence U.S. public opinion, it would have been hard to predict the extent — such as those 29 million Facebook posts from Russian operatives that may have reached as many as 146 million Americans.
Those early fake media reports about Blue Whale could morph into a tragic self-fulfilling prophecy for vulnerable youth. [...]
This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Long before the term “fake news” entered our vocabulary, I had been complaining about people spreading false information online. Now I’m doing something about it with a new free online booklet aimed at parents and educators. The new publication goes after the root cause of fake news -– media literacy. The Parent and Educator Guide to [...]
Read online or download the PDF You’ve heard about fake news — stories that appear online and in media that are wholly or mostly fake. Sadly, it’s not likely to stop but as parents and educators, we can help stop the spread of fake news but helping our kids recognize it, not believe it and not spread it. Written by ConnectSafely K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher and [...]
Fake news is in the news but it’s more a symptom of a common tendency to believe things that aren’t necessarily 100% true. And, as Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of the National Association of Media Literacy Education told Larry Magid, it’s not always black and white. Still, many people aren’t fully aware of how to vet the news and information before them and can be prone to [...]
The World Wide Web turned 28 on Sunday and, for its birthday, it's creator Sir Tim Berners Lee, wrote an open letter descriptively titled Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor.
In December, Facebook said that it would start flagging "disputed" stories in an attempt to warn users about fake news and they have just launched that feature. [...]
Reposted from ConnectSafely.org Scroll down for links “President Obama bans the Pledge of Allegiance in schools” “Right-wing shooter shouts ‘Make America great again!’ before spraying Capitol Hill with bullets and injuring a police officer” What do these online news stories have in common? They’re fake as three dollar bills. And they’re the scourge of the [...]
Online fake news and “urban legends” have been around for decades but it’s become a major issue in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. During this period, millions of people were exposed to fake stories about the candidates, often posted on sites that were financially motivated get people to click on ads around sensational but false content. Although there were some [...]
There have been numerous stories in the wake of the election about fake news. Although it's hard to know how much impact it had, there are some who claim that fake news on Facebook and stories linked from Google could have affected the election outcome. This post, which first appeared on Forbes.com in September 2015, talks about how you can avoid spreading hoaxes and lies. [...]