How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media – The New York Times

Stephen Savage

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Don’t get fooled again by bogus links, bots and pure bunk. Here’s how. – The Washington Post

Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network, at a conference last year. (Diego Epstein )

Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network, at a conference last year. (Diego Epstein )

“With the proliferation of hoaxes, conspiracy theories, doctored photos and lies that look like news, it’s inevitable: We’re all chumps sometimes.For those who are tired of it, along comes the first International Fact-Checking Day — which arrived, appropriately, on Sunday, just after April Fools’ Day.Think of it as a global counterpunch on behalf of truth.”

Source: Don’t get fooled again by bogus links, bots and pure bunk. Here’s how. – The Washington Post

COMMENTARY: During Sunshine week, let’s shine some light on journalistic ethics | Las Vegas Review-Journal

#journalism #ethics #journalists #realnews


There is no single, all-knowing source for news. Reporters are trained to seek opposing sides of a story to provide context and balance, but they sometimes fall into habits of turning to familiar sources. They can fall into their own echo chambers.

Source: COMMENTARY: During Sunshine week, let’s shine some light on journalistic ethics | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready – CSMonitor.com

As fake news and complex immigration orders have inundated the public sphere, libraries are opening their doors and fact-checking skills to people of all backgrounds seeking information.

Source: The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready – CSMonitor.com

The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News | National News | US News

See also these new guidelines, from last year, first revision for these in 15 years… http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework .. pass along to those who are having trouble with facts vs. fiction in a post-truth era.. literacy is at the core of Democracy, capital D…


In today’s environment, how might academic librarians rethink their roles?

Source: The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News | National News | US News

Indiana University tech tool ‘Hoaxy’ shows how fake news spreads – CSMonitor.com

You can see Hoaxy here or direct at
http://hoaxy.iuni.iu.edu/

Try a search on “Obama” and pick recent to see some “fake news” listings.. my check just now showed no one was fact-checking a reported post on Obama increasing the national debt… just one example…


Richard Drew/AP/File | Caption

Richard Drew/AP/File | Caption

A free tool known as ‘Hoaxy,’ developed by Indiana University’s Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, aims to provide a better understanding of how fake news makes its way across the internet.

Source: Indiana University tech tool ‘Hoaxy’ shows how fake news spreads – CSMonitor.com

Introducing This Is Fake, Slate’s tool for stopping fake news on Facebook.

Wonderful idea, whose time is perhaps just right (though I wish we’d had this *before* the election).. hopefully, this can be cloned and re-coded for all the major browsers…


Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Medioimages/Photodisc.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Medioimages/Photodisc.

How It Works

Once you install the extension, as you scroll through your Facebook feed, stories that Slate has identified as fake news will be flagged with a red banner over the preview image, informing you that they’ve been debunked. What differentiates This Is Fake from some other, earlier experiments in fake-news prevention is that the banner links directly to an article from a reputable source that debunks the story in question, and it prompts the user to share the debunking as a comment on the offending post.”

Source: Introducing This Is Fake, Slate’s tool for stopping fake news on Facebook.