Yes, YOU CAN help stop fake news

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The Chronicle of Higher Education has a real news story you ought to read.

So what do we do? Facebook has banned ads from fake news sites, but it doesn’t help with the sharing of fake news among users. There is word that perhaps a band of renegade facebook employees are taking up the cause, but that’s relying on the companies to clean house, which I am personally skeptical of (given their policies on “real name” and their refusal to deal with trolls, deciding instead to ban academics). Caufield and Kin Lane are now working on a tool to help educate on the spread of fake news, but barring being able to build a tool, there are some concrete actions we all can take, right now, and even share with our students.

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