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Shepaug Valley School Library: Fake News vs. Facts

Serving the teachers, staff, and students of Region 12

Just the facts, please!
Resources to Help You Distinquish Between Fake News and Truth

A thought...

To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction." ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Beware Fake News Sites!

Deepfake Detection

How False News Can Spread

Types of Fake News

Types/Kinds of Fake News Sites/Sources

  • Fake News - easy to debunk, though they look like real news, photos and headlines are misleading and sound like they could be real (Can you tell? fake vs. real)
  • Misleading News - most difficult to debunk, contain a bit of truth taken out of context and use sensational headlines which are not supported by information in the article (example)
  • Highly Partisan News - a type of misleading news which may be interpreted as real news with facts manipulated to fit an agenda (example)
  • Click-bait - shocking headline to lure you to click for more information which may or may not deliver as promised (example)
  • Satire - does not pretend to be real, serves as commentary or entertainment, but people not familiar with these type of sites may view as legitimate news (example)



How to Spot Fake News

The Problem with Fake News

What is fake news?

What is fake news?

"Once upon a time
— a long, long time ago —
fake news was fun.
Fake news was satire:
a way of making fun of the events
of the day and, at times,
of the folks who brought
us news of those events."
What happened?


Unlike regular news services, AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.

President Obama, speaking Nov. 16, 2016, in Germany:

"If we are not serious about facts and what's true and what's not, and particularly in an age of social media when so many young people are getting their news in sound bites and off their phones, if we can't distinguish between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems."