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Faculty: Fake News and Information Literacy: Fake News and Social Media

Prepared for Brown Bag Session October 2017

Social Media

 Social media

Social Media

Social media enables the dissemination of fake news stories in real time. Most fake news producers on social media are driven by making money based on the number of clicks their stories receive. This has resulted in changes in policies on Facebook and the development of ways to try and  weed out these fake stories"Facebook Tweaks Its 'Trending Topics' Algorithm To Better Reflect Real News".

The Washington Post ran a story on November 11, 2016 about a group of college students who developed an algorithm that authenticates what is real and what is fake on Facebook. Read about these problem solvers at this link.

A programmer named Daniel Sieradski has developed a Chrome extension called the B.S.Detector. Read about this hoax detector at this link.

More Readings:

How Facebook powers money machines for obscure political 'news' sites: From Macedonia to the San Francisco Bay, clickbait political sites are cashing in on Trumpmania – and they’re getting a big boost from Facebook
By Dan Tynan | The Guardian

The city getting rich from fake news: By Emma Jane Kirby | BBC News

Inside the Macedonian Fake-News Complex: By Samanth Subramanian | Wired

How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News

BuzzFeed News identified more than 100 pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in the former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaBy Craig Silverman and Lawrence Alexander | BuzzFeed News

Where do we get our news?

How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News

(http://www.journalism.org/2017/02/09/how-americans-encounter-recall-and-act-upon-digital-news/)

How Fake News Can Spread

Burst your filter bubble

Eli Pariser, in 2011, coined the term "filter bubble" and presented it in hisTEDTalk entitled "Beware online "filter bubbles"