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Unit 1: Fake News: Fact and Fiction
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Session 3

In Fake News: Fact and Fiction we break down the concepts and language connected with 'fake news'. In this episode we examine the word 'information' and hear some examples of when fake news has had tragic consequences.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

The danger of fake news

'Information' - what does it really mean and how can I use it?

Everybody knows what 'information' means, don't they? But what about 'misinformation' or 'disinformation'? In episode three of our new series, Fake News: Fact and Fiction, we take a look at the word 'information' and hear some examples of when fake news has led to tragedy.

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Key vocabulary connected to 'information'

disinformation
false news spread deliberately

misinformation
false news spread accidentally

informative
describes useful and interesting information

Other vocabulary

consequences
negative results of something that is done

double-sourcing
checking if a story is correct by finding two independent sources

verify
check something is true

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We hope you enjoyed Episode 3 of Fake News: Fact and Fiction. Our next episode is on fake news and the coronavirus pandemic. Find all episodes here.

You can find more BBC videos about Fake News here.