Can you spot fake news? Studies show it’s harder than you think…

A recent NPR article illustrates some dire news: most students in the US can’t tell real news from fake. The reliance on social media for news may be the culprit, or the growing lack of ability to critically evaluate neutrality and authority (many websites are getting better at being convincing). Read the article below. The take away? Don’t accept anything online at face value. Fact check!

Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds

-Camila Domonoske, NPR

If the children are the future, the future might be very ill-informed.

That’s one implication of a new study from Stanford researchers that evaluated students’ ability to assess information sources and described the results as “dismaying,” “bleak” and “[a] threat to democracy.”

As content creators and social media platforms grapple with the fake news crisis, the study highlights the other side of the equation: What it looks like when readers are duped.

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