IFLA Guidelines For Spotting Fake News
by Tech Mainstream Staff
October 17, 2018
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has produced an infographic to be used to identify fake news stories circulating throughout media sources. The IFLA was founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland and since 1971 is located in the Netherlands. IFLA currently has 1,400 Members in over 140 countries worldwide.
The IFLA infographic contains information identifying fake news. Librarians must be especially cognizant of fake news since with rise of the digital age, fake news has increased: "Librarians realise action is needed to educate and advocate for critical thinking – a crucial skill when navigating the information society."
How to Spot Fake News Infographic. Photo Credit:IFLA
The infographic illustrates eight simple steps derived from FactCheck.org’s 2016 article, "How to Spot Fake News." With subject headers such as consider the source, check the author, check the date, check your biases, read beyond, supporting sources, is it a joke and ask the experts.
IFLA encourages individuals to "download, print, translate, and share – at home, at your library, in your local community, and on social media networks. The more we crowdsource our wisdom, the wiser the world becomes." The infographic can be downloaded at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:How_to_Spot_Fake_News.jpg and comes in sizes 180 × 240 pixels, 360 × 480 pixels, 450 × 600 pixels, 576 × 768 pixels, 768 × 1,024 pixels and 3,150 × 4,200 pixels.