Monday, February 25, 2019

Charleston library hosts seminar on 'fighting back against fake news' Sat. March 2

Finding the fakes

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 12:02 PM

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This Sat. March 2 the Charleston County Public Library hosts a free seminar, Fighting Back Against Fake News, at the Main Library at 10 a.m. After what the library calls last year's "fake news frenzy," CCPL decided to discuss resources for determining what is and isn't real "news."

At this seminar a CCPL librarian will show attendees how to spot fake news online and on social media, how to find reliable sources, and how to be a part of the solution.

The seminar will reference what CCPL calls "blatantly provocative articles, as well as some that are even more malicious in nature, like those promoting misleading medical information."

Such articles include one that recently made its way around the interwebs, showing a picture that appeared to feature female KKK members holding a sign that read "Women of the Democrat Party." The fact checkers at Snopes note that the photo was digitally manipulated.

Fighting Back Against Fake News will also discuss IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)'s graphic, "How to Spot Fake News," which asks readers to: consider the source, check the author, check the date, and more.

If you're really looking for a deep dive on the terrifying power of fake news, check out recent New Yorker story, "Private Mossad for Hire," which details the efforts of private companies to influence American elections. Yes, y'all, it is that easy to create fake websites, avatars, and political messages. Be careful out there.

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