Fake news has been a buzzword for while now. Fake news played a major part in the election of Donald Trump to the White house and it is now used as weapon by the president himself to discredit any news stories that are critical of him. No doubt the latest polls showing him to have the lowest 6 month approval rating of any president will be called out as fake news despite them being completely true.
The fact is that despite actions being taken by the big players like Facebook the ultimate responsibility falls to the individual user. It is on us to spot a fake news story, ignore it and ensure that it isn’t shared to others. The question remains, however, just how are we supposed to do this?
Well Factitious is here to help us. Factitious is a simple game that has been designed a team at American University. All you have to do is look at the news stories it shows you and tell it whether you think the story is real or fake. As if the you were on Tinder, you simply swipe right if you think the story is real and left if you think it is fake.
The Factitious team offer you tips on how to get better at the game. These include checking out the source of the supposed news item and looking on sites like Snopes, factcheck.org and the Washington Post Fact Checker. As you get better at the game you’ll get better at spotting fake news when you encounter them in your various news feeds.
Unfortunately, Fake News is a real problem but with initiatives like this and a bit of effort from all of us hopefully it is a problem we’ll solve sooner rather than later.