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Have you ever seen an article posted onto Facebook that made you angry? Have you ever shared a link you found on Twitter without reading the linked article? Odds are the answer to at least one of these questions is yes! But how can you tell if that article or video you shared is real and/or accurate?
Figuring out the difference between what's credible and what's manipulative falsehood takes thought. According to a study by Stanford University more than 80% of high school students could not identify a sponsored advertisement from a real news story. Another study in 2016 by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute found that 59% of links shared on social media are never even clicked. Using fact checking methods you can better identify accurate and reliable information.
This video from CrashCourse by author Jon Green explains how to do fact checking like the experts.
You can also watch The Facts about Fact Checking video on YouTube
Lateral reading is a technique used by professional fact checkers to verify information. This video from Brandon Wilkinson from the Linfield Library will give you an overview of how to do lateral reading.
You can also watch the Lateral Reading Tutorial video on YouTube