Deck 7 ‘Fake News’ & Verification (PPT)
Where fact-checking is the act of investigating a specific fact or claim to see if it’s true, verification is the larger process where fact-checking takes place — the overall commitment to accuracy.
There is no single path to assessing the credibility of information online — each case will be different. The important thing is to understand the importance of accuracy, and to know how to assess it. A verification mindset is one of critical thinking and healthy skepticism.
When so much information is faulty, it can be tempting to dismiss all information as equally suspicious, but that is a mistake and a danger. Democracy relies on informed citizenship. To be informed, we must put our trust somewhere. The trick is determining what is worthy of it.