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Fake News & Misinformation: How to Spot It and Verify: Use games to practice fake
news identification skills

When you see a “news” story, you need to dig a lot deeper than the headline or the text of the article to know if what you are seeing is fact. This guide provides tips and resources to help you discern whether the news you see and read is real or fake.

Use games to develop and practice fake news identification skills.

Fake news is designed to trip the switches that control your brain's instinctual “fight-or-flight” responses. If you read a headline or article that is clearly trying to elicit a strong reaction from you, especially if it’s slanted heavily towards one side of a debate, it’s probably fake. For example:

  • Fake: Social media is destroying truth: MIT scientists find evidence of humans and robots sharing so many lies that you can’t believe anything you read on Twitter! Lizard-people are now the only safe source of news.
  • Real: “On Twitter, fake news spreads faster than truth, an MIT study says.” – Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz

Your brain is your first line of defense, so if you can get some practice identifying fake news, you’ll be better able to identify it on your own. The best way to learn is to do, so use these games to practice your fake news identification skills.  Source: 5 Useful Tools to Help You Spot Fake News, MakeTechEasier, Andrew Braun, 17 May 2018.

Facticious Game

Factitious: a game that presents you with articles that are either real or fake and asks you to choose. It doesn’t take long and gives you good insights into what to look for.

Facticious fake news game

 

Bad News Game

Bad News: a game that puts you in charge of a fake news publication. You will learn about what goes into successful bad news and how people manipulate it for their benefit. It takes ten or fifteen minutes and might leave you wanting to play it again.

Bad News fake news game

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