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Fake News, Misinformation and Disinformation - Learning to Critically Evaluate Sources of Information: Home

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What Is Fake News?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, disinformation is defined as false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth. Misinformation is incorrect or misleading information. Fake is defined as not true, real or genuine: one that is not what it purports to be such as a worthless imitation passed off as genuine.  The problem is it is not always easy to figure out what real and what is not, that is where critical evaluation of the information becomes important. As the former United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." --Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Newsweek, 25 August 1986, p. 27.

How Does It Happen?

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What Can Be Done?