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How to Fight Fake News

February 3, 2020
Cell phone with "Fake news"

How do we identify fake news and what can we do to stop it from spreading?

As election season gets underway, Rutgers librarians give tips for finding credible information

In the era of disinformation campaigns, deepfakes and clickbait, being able to identify quality information has become an essential part of being a responsible citizen.

As election season kicks into full gear this week with the Iowa caucuses, we spoke with three Rutgers librarians to better understand fake news as a phenomenon, and what we can do to stop it from spreading.

What do librarians mean when they talk with students about fake news?

Katie Elson Anderson: When I teach, I define “fake news” as disinformation, misinformation and propaganda. It is important to distinguish between information that is intentionally wrong, satirical or not entirely factual, and information that is factual but is being described as “fake” in order to dissuade people from believing it.

Read the full Q&A on Rutgers Today.