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Podcast: NAMLE’s Michelle Ciulla Lipkin on media literacy as antidote to ‘fake news’

April 2, 2017

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 [...]

ConnectSafely’s tips on how & why to avoid sharing fake news

December 20, 2016

Reposted from 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 [...]

Facebook to warn users about ‘fake news’

December 15, 2016

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 [...]

Fake News: How to avoid spreading hoaxes on social media

November 14, 2016

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 in September 2015, talks about how you can avoid spreading hoaxes and lies. [...]

Fake News? You are responsible for what you post, share or maybe even ‘like’

November 13, 2016

By Larry Magid Posted in October and updated In the words of Bernard Baruch, “Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.” He said that in 1950, but if he were alive today, he’d probably be saying it with even more urgency. Unfortunately, we now live at a time of fake news. I see and hear false facts almost every day, from cable news pundits, [...]

Facebook subscribe feature could cut back on fake friends

September 19, 2011

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid Remember the TV show “Friends”? These were people who knew each other well. They lived together, played together and shared happy and sad moments. The regulars in the sitcom “Cheers” were also friends, mostly. Even though the only thing some of them did together was sit around a bar drinking beer, they at [...]

Tech predictions for 2017

December 29, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Every year around this time I bring out my crystal ball to see what’s in store for next year. Mine has always been a little cloudy, but – this year – I’ve upgraded to a cloud-based system, which gives me access to a lot more data and the ability to consult my crystal ball from my smartphone, even when away from my fortune-telling [...]

Why 2016 was such a momentous year for tech

December 22, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News I’ve been writing about technology for a long time and, as I look back over the years, I can’t think of any that have been more momentous than 2016 when it comes to tech news. Not all the news was good, but it sure was significant. On the plus side, virtual reality started becoming real this year with the release of VR products like the [...]
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