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Spotting Fake News

A guide to navigating the world of fake news and information

Types of Misinformation and Disinformation

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There are many types of false information that we can encounter on a daily basis and sometimes it’s difficult to recognize them.

As we can see, there are many ways false information can be found in your daily life, both in an online and real world environment.

If the story appears to claim a much higher level of certainty in its advice and arguments than other stories, this is questionable. People will be seeking certainty in a time of high uncertainty, anxiety and panic. So it is only natural to more readily accept information that resolves, reassures and provides easy solutions – unfortunately, often in a false way.

Similarly, if a story is more surprising or upsetting than other stories it is worth double-checking, as fake news will try to grab your attention by being more exaggerated than real stories.”  S.Vannderslot. (2020). The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/how-to-spot-coronavirus-fake-news-an-expert-guide-133843