Fake news and BBC My World

Who decides what news we see online? What role does social media play in spreading fake news? And what happens when ‘trusted’ news sources share fake stories?

All these questions and more are covered in the videos below from BBC My World.

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Who controls the news?

Now more than ever, the news is non-stop and it can seem like we’re always being bombarded with headlines and stories through our phones, laptops and TVs.

But where does it come from? In this clip, presenter Radzi Chinyanganya explains how the news is often controlled and targeted to specific people, often with a motive of trying to get you to think a certain way. However, journalists aim to cut through this noise and deliver the facts without bias.

What about social media?

This clip looks at fake news on social media, and how you can help stop it spreading by knowing what to look out for.

Has the story been reported anywhere else? Have you heard of the organisation reporting the story? If there are any images or videos with the story that don’t look right, it could be fake news.

How do journalists earn our trust?

Trust is incredibly important to journalists – without it, we wouldn’t believe the news they report.

This clip looks at what happens when journalists and news organisations make mistakes and what they do to correct it.

Where next?

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