Unfamiliar with a new source? If it’s on this list, then it’s most likely fake news. These ones sound like a real newspaper, but they’re not! Thebostontribune.com thedcgazette.com Burrardstreetjournal.com Christiantimes.com Empireherald.com Civictribune.com Stgeorgegazette.com Ussanews.com These ones sound like they could be a legitimate news site, but they’re not 70news.wordpress.com Abcnews.com.co Infowars.com (Remember Pizzagate?) Yournewswire.com Rilenews.com … Continue reading What are some fake news sites?
This week, Decoding Disinformation recommends “The BS Filter.” Hosted by Cameron Reilly and Ray Harris, this podcast takes news stories and does a deep dive into the facts and history behind them. Most recently, they interviewed four people on the George Floyd Protests and gathered various perspectives on what’s been happening around the world. They … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: The BS Filter
Have you ever joined a Facebook group where everyone had the same beliefs and opinions as you? It could be about anything, politics, religion or even vaccinations. It feels good to have people agreeing with you, but there is also a danger here. The problem with being in an echo chamber is that members start … Continue reading The Dangers of an Echo Chamber
Did you know that Macedonia was a hotspot for fake news during the 2016 election? Where does fake news really come from? We found some great podcasts that outline the history and uses of disinformation in the media. This week, Decoding Disinformation recommends this playlist of podcasts all about Fake News and disinformation. You can … Continue reading Weekly Picks: Fake News Podcasts
If you have ever seen the show Catfish: The TV Show, then you are probably familiar with reverse image search. This tactic has uncovered many social media users posing as others or using a photo of someone else to hide their identity. What is reverse image search? Reverse image search is when an image is … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Reverse Image Search
Twitter: Before drawing conclusions about accounts, it is crucial to verify them. When an account check has not been executed, it can have serious repercussions as seen in this CTV Edmonton report. The Canadian national broadcaster posted a tweet stating the a bot account had been promoting a political movement, which later proved to be … Continue reading Bot or Not? Identifying active and inactive accounts
Written by Lauren Beauchamp with files from Associated Press “Sensory neuroscience” is a phenomenon that has been around since humans have roamed the planet, but in our modern day worlds it can seriously impact the way we perceive things. When “Fake News” emerged, the mind saw things differently for many reasons. Studies explain how certain … Continue reading How You Feel Can Impact What You Share
Photo and video manipulation is one of the most common spreads of mis and disinformation, here you will find some tips and techniques on how to uncover the full picture behind them. You may hear the word investigate and think of leading a Sherlock Homes-esque examination. Have no fear – it’s simple, straight-forward and free … Continue reading Investigating DisInformation on Facebook: Top Tools & Resources
These are some simple, easy-to-use ways of getting to know what website you’re browsing on is about and where it’s come from. Websites are intended to be sources of ready available information for all on the Internet. However, they sometimes are not as straight-forward as one would like to think. There are many tools that … Continue reading Investigating Websites: Five Tools & Resources
2020 has revealed that even trusted news sources are capable of spreading mis and disinformation. It is not obvious what the difference between the two is. Misinformation is what it sounds like and is unintentional, whereas disinformation is deliberately inaccurate information intended to deceive. A global pandemic has triggered a massive spread of information on … Continue reading Why Decode?
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