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Unit 1: Fake News: Fact and Fiction
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Session 5

In Fake News: Fact and Fiction we break down the concepts and language connected with 'fake news'. In this episode we look at the expression 'identity signalling'. Why do some people feel compelled to share 'fake news'? Find out.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Agendas, actors and algorithms

Why do people share fake news?

Fake news seems to be everywhere. We're told to avoid it, but every time we go on social media, we have to question whether what we're reading is true or not. So, what are the reasons why some people feel compelled to share 'fake news'? 

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Key vocabulary 

a plan of things to be done that may be secret or hidden

a person, state or organisation that uses power and influence to  promote an agenda

a reason for doing something 

identity signalling
showing that you belong to a group by sharing content whether you think it is true or not

a set of software instructions that, for example, shows you personalised content on social media

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