Why should we verify online information? How can we assess claims, sources and photos?
Citizens face an information ecosystem where it is increasingly challenging to separate fact from fiction and to recognize what is credible.
Posts on social media are designed to look similar to one another, so it can be difficult to figure out where information is coming from, and if it is reliable. ‘Fake news’ is a convenient phrase, but because it describes so many things, its usefulness is limited.
This lesson introduces useful ways to categorize different types of false and misleading information, and provides opportunities to build and practice skills of fact-checking and source evaluation.