Why is Fake News easy to believe?
Bias refers to stereotypes and attitudes
Individuals use implicit bias that affects understanding, actions, and decisions, unaware that information is being processed through bias. This bias affects social groups or cliques that consist of sharing perspectives, trusting family or people the person trusts, social media or other avenues that consist of the same beliefs, values or follows a hype or trend.
Individuals use confirmation bias which allows the person to search, interpret, confirm information towards a specific belief or point of view. This is not an objective review of information as information can be misused to prove a point through incorrect confirmation.
This can become automatically believed without fact-checking.
Identifiers of Fake News:
What is not Fake News:
Media bias exists as no source is bias free. The writer is a human being with values and beliefs of their own. They do not create false news but may use facts that support their method of media to share information. There is more than one perspective. Using only facts to support their content may not provide a whole picture.
How to spot fake news:
Check for the date, author, linked sources as fake news may not provide them
Check quotes you use online or in images before you use them. Verify who said what words
Check the images origin. Images can easily be used without permission under a new headline targeted towards the audience emotion to believe it is true
Who Created the website. The sites below can help identify who created the website. Not all will be listed.
Check the website address
Abcnews.go.com -- the real ABC news website
Abcnews.com.co -- the fake ABC news website
Who is the author of the website
This image taken from Thomspon Rivers University shared the author as Stormfront. Stormfront is a neo-nazi website. The link took the audience to another site. This webpage is no longer available online.
Verify images, information and more to see if they are real.
What can you do?