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Fake News

What is fake news? Why should you care? How can you avoid it? Find out all this and more, in the UVic Libraries Fake News Guide.

Facebook

False information on Facebook has long plagued the social media company, even as they implement policies to combat it. Facebook attempts to curb the spread of misinformation by, among other things, blocking fake accounts and employing fact checkers to review, label, and limit the distribution of false content.

Twitter

Although their approach was less than aggressive in the past, Twitter now also states their commitment to limiting the spread of misinformation. Their tactics include suspending accounts that push misinformation and labeling tweets that contain manipulated media or misleading content.

Instagram

Instagram is cracking down on posts containing misinformation by making them harder to find and labeling them as false.

Reporting fake news on social media

Reporting the false information that you see on social media helps slow its spread. Follow the links below for instructions on how to report misinformation and fake news on social media platforms.

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