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Fake News and Media Literacy

Resources and strategies for becoming media literate.

Media Literacy Skill: Understanding How You Might Be Fooled


Understanding How You Might Be Fooled

Be prepared to use your media literacy skills when you encounter online information designed to fool you.  Bad actors spread fake news and misinformation using methods such as:

  • impersonation with fake social media accounts
  • emotional manipulation
  • polarization through political beliefs
  • conspiracy theories
  • discrediting the messenger 
  • trolling or provoking reactions



Develop your media literacy skills by playing the role of a fake news creator in these games:





Info Interventions.. (2021, October 6). Prebunking Manipulation Techniques: Emotional Language.  [Video]. YouTube.


Information in this section:

Goodsett, M. & Meszaros, E. (2022, October 31). Debunking and prebunking: Strategies for librarians to combat misinformation. [Webinar]. Infobase.