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On a phone, players swipe left when they think the article in front of them is fake, and right when they believe it's real. On a laptop, they have buttons for "fake" or "true." You can click "view source" in case you need another clue about whether it was real or not. The article also tells you, after you make your choice, how you could have told if it was real for fake. Internet users should be required to take this, and pass it, before they are allowed to share news on Facebook.
Article on NPR.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
I tried the game and I thought it was awful as a serious tool. Most of the real news seemed fake and the fake news were obvious to me.
I think this approach is misguided. We can't be sure if news is fake or not just from reading the article. Our ability to determine fact from fiction depends on our intellect and personal knowledge base. Just like evolving spam, fake news will also evolve. What are we going to do when fake news cites other sources that are also fake but appear real??? Can you trust what you read on CNN.me?
I think it's time to read all news as "entertainment". If there is something that we consider important or impacts our lives then we should research and verify before we let it affect our thoughts or emotions. Of course, most of the world will not do this. But at least there will be a small number of us that should be able to resist the mind control effect of fake news.
"Most of the real news seemed fake and the fake news were obvious to me."
To me as well. But I have a tremendous number of colleagues, friends and family that do not understand how to spot fake news. The tool uses a lot of the indicators I use to try to educate people. I educating people about those indicators is helpful - I know that I've seen a big drop in the amount of fake news shared to me on Facebook, but a big spike in direct messages saying, "Jayne, is this information real? (LINK)".
While it may seem obvious to you and me how to spot news, it's very much a learned skill for others.