Paul Kemner en beBee in English Database Admin • Liebherr Aerospace 24/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,3K

Most students can’t tell fake news from real news, study shows (link)

Most students can’t tell fake news from real news, study shows (link)by Jordan Crook

If you thought you heard the last on fake news, you were sadly mistaken.

A Stanford study found that the majority of middle school students can’t tell the difference between real news and fake news. In fact, 82 percent couldn’t distinguish between a real news story on a website and a “sponsored content” post.

Of the 8,704 students studied (ranging in age from middle school to college level), four in ten high-school students believed that the region near Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant was toxic after seeing an unsourced photo of deformed daisies coupled with a headline about the Japanese area. The photo, keep in mind, had no source or location attribution. Meanwhile, two out of every three middle-schoolers were fooled by an article on financial preparedness penned by a bank executive.

It seems that those surveyed in the study were judging validity of news on Twitter based on the amount of detail in the tweet and whether or not a large photo was attached, rather than focusing on the source of the tweet.

The WSJ, which first reported on the study, says that a big part of solving this problem among young people comes down to education, both at school and at home.

But with 62 percent of U.S. adults getting the majority of their news from social media, the responsibility for this issue also lies with the social media organizations themselves, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Both Google and Facebook have made steps toward thwarting the fake news onslaught, including banning fake news organizations from their ad network. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also posted a number of responses to the issue on Facebook, and gave actual steps toward stopping the spread of fake news on the platform.

That said, the fallout from fake news is not as minor as Zuck originally stated in his first response on Facebook, where he mentioned that less than 1 percent of news on Facebook is fake.

Even in minuscule amounts, fake news has a much greater ability to spread quickly and be consumed by many given the nature of the salacious headlines themselves. Paired with the fact that most adults get their news from social media, and most young people can’t tell the difference, you can see just how problematic this issue is.

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Randy Keho 25/11/2016 · #10

Fake news is definitely a problem. But, so is the reality that many people can no longer tell opinion from fact unless it is clearly stated.
We see this happening here on beBee. Not to mention, that some social media writers like to think that there opinion is fact.

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Robert Cormack 25/11/2016 · #9

Thanks for this, Paul. I'd always believed my stepdaughter (millennial) was too savvy to fall for fake news. These statistics prove me wrong. Here's the thing, though. Eventually, young people brought up on fake news will learn to identify it. Unfortunately, by that time, they'll have been exposed to millions of headlines, unsourced photos and self-serving copy. All we can hope for is they'll get smart and eventually "turn off" all these news sources. My believe is they will.

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Harvey Lloyd 25/11/2016 · #8

Even sourced news has become pointed with opinion. The facts without the adding of drama, are simply ignored. Leaving a discerning reader the choice of parsing through the drama to find facts or ignoring the stream altogether.

Your comment of parents responsibilities extends a little further. Parents have to be aware that news through social media comes with an agenda. Either pro or con on an issue. The bias can be misunderstood by our youth and they require guidance to form a wise understanding. A photo as discussed in this post can represent an argument that is biased to a central theme and not germane to the storyline. Their opinion can be their own, but the facts of the whole of the issue should be considered. I see social media as the cereal with the prize inside when it comes to news. Eat the marshmallows get the prize and throw the rest away.

Thanks for the post it was informative, @Paul Kemner

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Nelson Rogério 24/11/2016 · #7

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Erroll -EL- Warner 24/11/2016 · #6

Most of the regular news are half truth, one quarter fake, and one quarter reality show. News in the US of A is totally different to what I see on CBC when I am in Toronto or the BBC when I go to England. American views love excitement so it would be difficult to get rid of fake news. They love the "gossip" of the day why the New York Post is so popular.

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Brian McKenzie 24/11/2016 · #5

When the State Department declares 'Social Media' / Youtube as a credible "Intelligence Source" to the point of wanting to launch operations of war only on that chatter and prattle - you know the Clowns are running the Circus and the audience is too fat, dumb, doped, or entranced to notice. Remember, BBC has famously said that their coverage need not be accurate - but instead relevant and entertaining. ..... Bread and Circuses for everyone - Hazza !

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Kevin Pashuk 24/11/2016 · #4

#3 You've hit the proverbial nail on the head Paul... It is not that they are unable to discern, it is because they are unwilling. Entertainment trumps truth. (SIDE NOTE: We really need to come up with another word for 'trumps')

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