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Fake News and Circular Reporting

What Will You Learn Today?

  • How to evaluate news sources
  • How to identify Fake News
  • Explain the concept of Circular Reporting
  • Discuss how Circular Reporting affects the spread of Fake News
Evaluating A News Source
How To Determine Whether A News Source Is Credible
How False News Can Spread

Questions To Answer Following The Video

What makes circular reporting 'circular'?

A. It has neither a beginning or end

B. It is round and symmetrical

C. Sources become validated by themselves in a logical loop

D. It is uniformly consistent in its reporting


Which of the following has NOT directly contributed to an increase of circular reporting?

A. Increased accessibility to the Internet

B. The speed of the news cycle

C. Human Curiosity

D. The ability for anyone to write, edit and publish on the Internet


Why might the anti-vaccer movement be considered a product of circular reporting?

A. It is based on misinformation

B. The body of literature and information supporting the theory can all be traced to one, initial, discredited source

C. As a movement, it has enough momentum to be considered a serious problem

D. Because the media has reported on the anti-vaccine movement

Moving Forward

What are some ways you can avoid falling for false information, and avoid contributing to the cycle of circular reporting?

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