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Over the past year, hoaxes and unsubstantiated reports often have been perceived as fact. Fake news stories have been shared millions of times on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, where youth are most likely to get their news. The people who shared the fake news often did not realize it was fake.
Research the ways in which youth are accessing the news and why the proliferation of misinformation is such a big issue, and make a game that teaches peers how to identify and stop its spread.
31% of kids who shared a news article online later found out it was inaccurate or wrong.
According to a 2016 Stanford University study of 7,804 students from middle school through college, 82% of middle-schoolers could not distinguish between an ad labeled “sponsored content” and a real news story on a website.
22 million young people will be eligible to vote in 2020 & we need to prepare young people to be critical consumers of the news.