Heard Of Filter Bubbles?

By Apricot | Apr 29, 2019

Heard of filter bubbles? You may or may not have heard of the concept of filter bubbles but if you are a regular user of internet search engines or social media platforms there is a good chance you are in the middle of one right now. In the video from GCF Global below you will…

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Fake News And The Indian Elections – BBC Click

By Apricot | Apr 25, 2019

Fake News And The Indian Elections – BBC Click BBC Click takes a look at how social media is being used in the Indian elections. The largest democratic exercise in history is under way to decide who will govern India for the next five years and  there are serious concerns about the extent of false…

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Fake News Exposed by Channel 4

By Apricot | Apr 23, 2019

Fake News Exposed by Channel 4 Survey A survey for Channel 4 published in 2017 found that only 4 per cent of respondents – who were shown three true and three fake headlines – could accurately differentiate them all. It still remains relevant today and demonstrates why critical thinking is such an important skill set…

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Why Our Brains Love Fake News

By Apricot | Mar 21, 2019

Myles Bess breaks down the research around why our brains can so easily make us believe that fake news is real news. Ever have an argument with someone, and no matter how many facts you provide, you just can’t get that person to see it your way? One big reason for this is cognitive bias,…

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The No Alternative Facts Questionnaire

By Apricot | Mar 16, 2019

The ‘No Alternative Facts’ project aims to improve the media literacy and critical thinking skills of young adults in order to help them determine what is ‘fake’ and what is real. If you are under 30 years of age we would love to hear you views on this! Please complete this short questionnaire – it…

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Momo Challenge – BBC Looks at How A Hoax Can Soon Become Viral

By Apricot | Mar 16, 2019

You can quickly see from the coverage of the ‘Momo’ story from the BBC how something can quickly gain momentum and credibility even with what we might normally perceive as credible news sources. It’s a great example of how we should all apply critical thinking when presented with information before perhaps hitting the share, like…

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Claire Wardle: More Than Fake News – Understanding the Disinformation Ecosystem

By Apricot | Mar 12, 2019

Talk from Claire Wardle, Executive Chair of First Draft. An organisation dedicated to supporting journalists, academics and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age.

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Cambridge Analytica | The Propaganda Machine

By Apricot | Mar 9, 2019

Video put together by the Guardian newspaper that explains how Cambridge Analytica were able to harvest Facebook data and profiling to influence networks of people.

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How Critical Thinking Counters Misinformation

By Apricot | Mar 9, 2019

Quick video from Newsy on how critical thinking can help to counter misinformation and alternative facts.

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