Fighting disinformation: Can You Believe It?

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Can you believe it? On Twitter, false stories shared more widely than true ones
An MIT study tracked 126,000 stories and found that false ones were 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than ones that were true. Twitter is asking outside experts to help it deal with the problem.
The Trump administration is fond of complaining about fake news. But what is fake news? What is the what is the difference between fake news and news you don't like? And how can you recognize fake news when it pops up on your Facebook timeline?
How Russian Twitter bots pumped out fake news during the 2016 election
Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, describes a diffuse network of Russian hackers and propagandists conducting a misinformation campaign that didn't stop with the election of President Trump.
5 ways teachers are fighting fake news
In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.
A recent deluge of fake news suggests we live in a "post-truth" era. But NPR's Steve Inskeep says it would be more accurate to call this a "post-trust" era. Here are his tips to sniff out the suspect sources.
What legal recourse do victims of fake news stories have?
Fake news played a bigger role in this past presidential election than ever seen before. And sometimes it has had serious repercussions for real people and businesses.
Fake or real? How to self-check the news and get the facts
Your friend shares a story on Facebook. You read the headline and you think it's too good to be true, but it looks like it's from a news site. Experts offer tips to help you sniff out fact from fake.
We tracked down a fake-news creator in the suburbs. Here's what we learned
"The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right," says Jestin Coler, whose company, Disinfomedia, is behind some fake news sites.