Testing your fake news chops

Ethan Brogan

Fake news is everywhere. Or at least Trump wants you to think so. Just a couple of weeks ago, Trump was speaking at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, with CNN broadcasting. Protestors were lining up on the streets outside and during his speech Donald Trump claimed CNN was turning off their cameras. The footage shows they remained on for his entire speech, even as he reiterated his previous claims of the liberal media and fake news.

“It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions, and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions and yes, by theway — and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage,” Trump said. I thought, maybe he has a point with this fake news stuff. Not with stations like CNN, but with other questionable news outlets. Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post are some of the ilk spreading their own biased versions of the news. But, hey, everyone is a little biased.

If you are an American looking to test your news literacy, I have some good (not fake) news for you.

Journalist Maggie Farley began working on her app “Factitious” more than two years ago. The game is a little like Tinder, but for reading news instead of finding a soulmate.

When users open the app, they are shown a variety of news or fake news stories. If the user believes this is a real story and not some faux story/advertisement, they can swipe right. If the user thinks it’s fake news, they swipe left. Results are shown after reading several stories and you can see just how well you stack up at determining what fake news is.

If you are unsure, there is a source button, allowing you to see what news outlet published the material. Brain training to spot an advertisement wrapped up in a puff piece could save you from believing
Hilary Clinton was involved in a merciless human trafficking in the basement of a Washington D.C. pizza parlor.


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