How to Spot Fake News. The Basics.

November 21, 2017


Survival tips for the attack on democracy. Worth circulating.

International Federation of Library Associations:

Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance.

Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role of libraries and other education institutions in providing this.

When Oxford Dictionaries announced post-truth was Word of the Year 2016, we as librarians realise action is needed to educate and advocate for critical thinking – a crucial skill when navigating the information society.

IFLA has made this infographic with eight simple steps (based on’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News)  to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. Download, print, translate, and share – at home, at your library, in your local community, and on social media networks. The more we crowdsource our wisdom, the wiser the world becomes.

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5 Responses to “How to Spot Fake News. The Basics.”

  1. I can’t like this blog for some reason… so I’m liking it in the comment section…

  2. webej Says:

    “Fake News” is simply a temporary fad.
    -There has always been incorrect reporting.
    -Bullshit has always existed.
    -And misinformation has always been fed into the news cycle by the powers that be and others who manage to insinuate themselves into public discourse.

    Fake News is a self-referential meme — it is itself “Fake News”. It is a bogus ploy by the MSM and government spokesmen to recoup the authority they have deservedly lost.

    A perfect example was PetroCan. Always portrayed (since the seventies) by the MSM as another government boondoggle, a white elephant, a waste of tax-payer money. In fact they discovered more new oil than the big multinationals combined; they were highly profitable; they gave government policy leverage over the rest of the oil industry. Sold in 2009 (because of current neo-liberal ideology) because they were one of the few crown corporations attractive enough to be able to sell at all without imminent liquidation.

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