Fake News

Fake news is making news, and it’s a problem.

Not only were viral stories falsely claiming that the Pope endorsed Donald Trump and that Hillary Clinton sold weapons to terrorists receive more Facebook attention than the most popular news stories from established news outlets, but a false story about child trafficking in a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant inspired a North Carolina man to drive 5 hours with a shotgun and other weapons to investigate.

A recent study by Stanford University found an overwhelming majority of students were not able to tell the difference between so-called fake news and real news.

Essential Question:
How do you know if a news source is reliable?
  1. Where do you get your news?
  2. If you say social media, can you name the specific news sources where the majority of information you read comes from?
  3. Why is there growing concern surrounding fake news sites?

Stanford Study Finds Most Students Vulnerable To Fake News

A new study from Stanford University asked more than 7,800 students to evaluate online articles and news sources.
Large portions of the students - at times as much as 80 or 90 percent - had trouble judging the credibility of the news they read. 

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Follow instructions on worksheet.

By Victoria Pasquantonio, PBS NewsHour education editor and 13-year social studies and English teacher.