According to an analysis by Buzzfeed, during the last three months of the 2016 presidential election the top 20 fake online news stories had more Facebook engagements than the top 20 mainstream online news stories. Capable of swaying public opinion and potentially even influencing elections, the recently coined “fake news” is a kind of misinformation that has been around for ages. Yet the impact that fake news can have is greatly amplified in the online environment, particularly on social media. So in an era of fake news and unreliable information, how do we develop the skills to distinguish what is real from what is fake?
This is the exact question that led to the creation of The Fake News Survival Guide, a new 2 hour class offered at The Seattle Public Library. The class covers what fake news is and where it comes from, how to spot false and misleading information on the Internet, and common errors and traps to look out for when dealing with online information. Please join us for an upcoming class on fake news: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
If you are unable to attend, check out this resource list for more information on fake news and how you can protect yourself and your online followers. Have you read or heard a story that sounds questionable and would like to have it fact-checked? Are you are interested in getting more resources for determining whether a news piece is legitimate? Send us an email or chat 24/7 at Ask-a-Librarian, or call our Quick Information line at (206) 386-4636.
~posted by Di Z