In 2016, Oxford Dictionary's word of the year was "post-truth: an adjective defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.' "
Fake news is a byproduct of this post-truth environment. These news stories disregard facts, and instead play to people's emotions and beliefs. Fake news is often shared on social media sites, which create echo chambers of like-minded people and organizations who share information that reinforces our own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
This guide is designed to help you identify fake news and make sure that the information you are using is based in verifiable facts.
The library also offers a workshop on Fake News, the first workshop was 2/8 but additional workshops will be announced soon. The workshop slides are available online.
A Pew Research Study found that 66% of Facebook users get their news from the social media platform. Think about how many times you have found out about current events while scrolling through your Facebook feed. Despite the popularity of social media as news sources, not everything shared is a reliable. Unfortunately, in the 2016 US Election, fake news had more engagement on Facebook than real news. You need to learn to distinguish the real from the fake!