Fake news always propogates faster than the truth

The massive new study analyzes every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years—and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumor. By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: […]

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{Edtech} Become the king of fake media with the game Bad News

Bad News is a Twine-style game designed by members of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and media literacy group Drog. Its goal is to teach players about digital misinformation by turning them into purveyors of it. You’ll start with a small-time Twitter account and slowly build followers by feeding their appetite for fear and anger, […]

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Teaching children critical thinking skills

Claims about what improves or harms our health are ubiquitous. People need to be able to assess the reliability of these claims. We aimed to evaluate an intervention designed to teach primary school children to assess claims about the effects of treatments (ie, any action intended to maintain or improve health). Source: Effects of the Informed […]

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Teachers are fighting fake news in these 5 ways

In an era of national attention to what’s real and what isn’t, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction. Source: 5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News : NPR Ed : NPR The definition of fake news has been very distorted since the election. Now, it seems […]

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Middle schoolers can’t tell real news from sponsored news

Preteens and teens may appear dazzlingly fluent, flitting among social-media sites, uploading selfies and texting friends. But they’re often clueless about evaluating the accuracy and trustworthiness of what they find. Some 82% of middle-schoolers couldn’t distinguish between an ad labeled “sponsored content” and a real news story on a website, according to a Stanford University study […]

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