Caution: Morgan Students Exposed to Fake News

Tony Coretti , Joey Piacentini

Written by Joey Piacentini & Tony Coretti |
Videos by Tony Coretti |

Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Social media, like Twitter, is infested with fake posts that are intended to receive massive amounts of attention. These posts can make people angry, curious, or hopeful. Many people are unable to determine which posts are fake and which are true. There are many ways to figure out if a post is false by fact checking on the internet and making sure that there are credible sources that verify the post.

According to an article in the LA Times, false tweets spread faster than true tweets.  They found that over 1000 minutes, true Tweets spread to 500 unique users and false Tweets spread to 9500 unique users. See the graph for the data collected.

 

We found articles and tweets that were fake as well as real. They came from various sources. We filmed students raw reactions to these posts and their guess on whether each was fake or real.

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To check whether a post on social media is accurate, check several reliable news sources. A website that offers reliable information to help you spot fake news is FactCheck.org