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How to tell real news from fake.

How to Spot a Fake Twitter Post

Check the account history of the source. Two red flags are: the number of posts and how long the account has been active. If it claims to be a well know source(like CNN or CBS) and only has a few posts in its history that is a clue. If it's a well know source and the account has only been active a short time that is another red flag.

Images of an event are often reused to deceive people. You can check if an image has been used before on a reverse image search service like TinEye.

Which of the following accounts is fake? How can you tell?

Eli Pariser: Beware of Online Filter Bubbles

Fake Videos

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:

These Viral Videos Were Fake?!

Some tips to help you tell if a video is fake:

The Physics of Fake Videos

Citizen Evidence Lab

Getting Help

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Stop by the Information Deck in person, visit the Ask a Librarian link to chat, e-mail, or call for answers to your research related questions, or contact me: sthomas7@pace.edu / 212.346.1051

 

 

Susan Thomas, Instructional Services Librarian

Susan Thomas

 

This research guide was originally created by Sarah Cohn, Instructional Services Librarian.

Content adapted from Northern Essex CC, Indiana University East, Big Bend CC, and Antioch University. Thank you!