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Spotting Fake News

A guide to navigating the world of fake news and information

Welcome to the Fake Information Guide

At the Library of Trinity College Dublin, we are mindful of the fact that you will come into contact with a lot of information during your time of study.

The trick, in this day and age of multiple data sources, is how to assess its worth to you.

Fake News, or Fake Information as it is also known, is prevalent in many strands of our information highway. Be it conspiracy theories linking Coronavirus and 5G, a fake news story which has become so prevalent, the World Health Organization has had to post a rebuttal, or the President of the United States peddling 'fake news' over Irish Corporate Tax,  fake information is now a constant in our daily lives.

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False information is news, stories or hoaxes, created to deliberately misinform or deceive readers. Usually, these stories are created to either influence people’s views, push a political agenda or cause confusion.

This guide, and the information within, will help you understand what fake information is, what it can look like and how you can combat it.

Please watch this introductory video, created for teachers by the Department of Education & Skills, on 'What is False Information'.