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Unit 1: Fake News: Fact and Fiction
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Session 4

In Fake News: Fact and Fiction we break down the concepts and language connected with 'fake news'. In this special episode we look at fake news during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Fake news in the age of coronavirus

Covid-19: Fake news and conspiracy theories

With the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, being able to spot fake news has become even more important. All kinds of misinformation and theories have been flying around the internet, but how much of it is backed by evidence?

In this special episode of Fake News: Fact and Fiction, we take a look at fake news and Covid-19.

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Key vocabulary 

raise a red flag
make you think that something may not be true

fact-check
research if something is true or not

debunk
show that something is false, not true

verify
check that something is true

buy (into) something
believe something is true

groundless
without evidence

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We hope you enjoyed Episode 4 of Fake News: Fact and Fiction. We plan to have more episodes of the series available later in the year when we have access to studios again. Find all episodes here.

You can find more BBC videos about Fake News here.