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How false news can spread

Oxford University video

Alan Rusbridger urges caution and scepticism when following a new or developing story, and suggests that we all try harder to discern the sources and validity of a news item before necessarily believing it, and certainly before helping it spread further online, especially via social media. Alan also speaks of the freedom coupled with responsibility as technological advances have given everyone the ability to publish on digital platforms.

The game: make and spread your own fake news!

Make your own Fake news and see how your news spreads !

MIT study

This study show false news spreads faster and wider. And lies spread faster than the truth.

There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed.

The thruth about fake news

A bit long but very informative video!

Why Fake News should bother us

Fake news spread through bot accounts.



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Subjects: Information Literacy, SmartCat, Systematic Review, OER, Fake news