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If you want to be news literate, you need to spot misinformation. Misinformation can be:
- Authentic material used in the wrong context
- Imposter news sites designed to look like brands we already know
- Fake news sites
- Fake information
- Manipulated content
- Parody content1
Here are some pointers to help you SIFT through information.
Real or not real?
Fakeout is a game developed by CIVIX, a Canadian organization dedicated to promoting information literacy.
To play Fakeout, follow this link. Play all the way through and watch the videos in the middle.
Can you do better than your librarians?!
Fact checking sites
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
PolitiFact is an independent fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.
A a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
Like Snopes, this service debunks or validates internet rumors and hoaxes.
Washington Post fact checker
Fact Checker is a column in the Washington Post. This is the accompanying website. The purpose is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance. The Post leans left, and so tends to fact-check right-wing claims more than left-wing claims.
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