Fake news is a topic that Trump, Facebook, Google and others are fighting. Trump has accused CNN of being fake news after it came out that Russia helped him win the election. It is easy to be fooled by pop up news on Facebook, unreliable news, and believe whats being said in the articles. Making fake news is too simple, but there’s not that hard to check if your source is reliable.
If you see a video on Facebook of mind blowing news, but none of your regular sites are writing about it, the chances are big that the news are fake. You can also open the article and look at the design of the webpage or url-dress. Often you can tell by a bad design or the use of block letters if the source is fake. Another thing you can do is to look at the url, if the site ends with .com.co it’s probably fake. The best thing you can do to check your source is to read about the happening other places.
This week there’s been a lot of news around the soon new president of the United States, Donald Trump. A few weeks ago CIA and FBI claimed Russia helped Trump win the election, and this week Russia said they had sensitive materiel on Trump. CNN wrote an article about this, and Trump got furious. At his first press conference since the election a CNN reporter asked him: “Mr. President-elect, since you have been attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance?”. Trump refused to answer the question and moved on.
Norway is a country far away from most worldwide news, therefor it’s really important for us to get the right information. Without news we don’t have clue whats going on in the world, if we then gets wrong information we get a messed up picture of whats going on. Google are now launching a fact checker for news, it means a label will show up next to news in search results. This way people in Norway and all over the world will be able to check their news.
We had students from Bergen, the United States and Australia writing on our padlet about fake news. Reading these you can tell that the students from the US are more concerned about the political picture with fake news, and riots caused by these news. Both students from Bergen and Australia thought more about how the fake news affected out learning. I don’t find it weird that it’s this way, after all the US now have president that’s all over the media.
We actually skyped with students from Johannesburg, South Africa. They recently had an experience with fake news. A news article said that teachers from schools in South Africa are turning students to illuminati members by making them drink a raspberry drink with human blood. The students we skyped with goes to a school listed in the article, and found it funny what people can make up.