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The Rumor Mill: Finding Fact from Fiction on the Web   

Fake news is not a new phenomenon. The size of the Web compounds the sheer amount of information. The ability for anyone (pranksters, conspiracy stokers, nation states, etc.) to add to that information pool at a very low cost means facts can be covered by equally compelling fiction in the form of rumors, half-truths, and outright hoaxes. How do you determine what is true and what is an attractive falsehood? What is a fact and what is opinion presented as fact? Let’s place those facts, opinions, and falsehoods in proper context through sourcing, fact-checking and other tools.


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