Friday, September 7, 2018

Fake content - that's easy for a librarian to spot, right?

We've all heard a lot about fake news, Russian trolls, and other ways news and social media sites have been manipulated. Do you think it's easy to spot a deceptive post? I was confident that I would easily find them all in this recent New York Times article. But it wasn't as easy as I thought. How will you do? 

Reporters Keith Collins and Sheera Frenkel report that one strategy used by these groups is to post seemingly innocuous content to begin with and to build up a base of readers. Then the content starts to shift into much more polarized issues and views. The image below is a good example of that strategy.

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