The statistic shows the levels of confidence about being able to recognize fake news in the United States in 2017. It was found that 27 percent of respondents felt that they were very confident in being able to spot fake news in 2017.
Source: Knight Foundation. "How Confident Are You That You Can Tell Real News from Fake News?." Statista - The Statistics Portal, www.statista.com/statistics/657090/fake-news-recogition-confidence/, Accessed 26 Feb 2018
Fake news is in the headlines, and there are quite few of programmers students have come to our rescue by creating apps to root out verified and unverified stories. The effort is commendable, and the technology impressive. Unfortunately, the problem is harder to solve than that. In fact, it may be unsolvable in terms of creating perfect continua of information and information-based decision making. But there are ways to improve in these regards, and that is where our focus should lie.
Though fake news is a problem, it is not necessarily THE problem. The problem is the lack of objectivity among both creators and users of information, a lack which manifests itself on a sliding scale that looks something like this:
Taken from lis101.com
Nearly all of us have been taken in by a video that was later found to have been doctored or faked. It is fairly easy to edit a video so that it looks like you made the basket or the hawk picked up the snake. Here are some of the most famous faked videos that fooled millions:
Some tips to help you tell if a video is fake:
This LibGuide was originally created by Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill and Lawrence MA. Adapted with permission.