How Librarians Are Leading The Fight Against Fake News

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It seems as though you can’t go a day without hearing the term ‘fake news’ these days. As social media and the Internet have become increasingly integral features of modern communications, news spreads like wildfire, and the information we view or receive isn’t always accurate.

Fake news has become prolific, but one group is fighting hard to ensure people have access to reliable, trustworthy stories.

The infographic below highlights the importance of librarians in the war against fake news. 

Information is shared and spread in a matter of milliseconds, and while this can have benefits, it also means that inaccurate tales and headlines can go viral before anyone has the chance to shoot them down and prove their flaws.

Consumers today are confused about what is true and what is fake news, and it’s no wonder. There are three main types of fake news content: fabricated stories that are packaged as news, sensationalist stories and exaggerated or misleading headlines and satire.

Around 75% of Americans admit to being duped by fake news headlines. 

One of the main reasons fake news has become so prevalent is the capacity to generate profits through clickbait. Social media shares soar, and overindulgent stories are more likely to attract interest. One LA man admitted to making $30,000 per month through advertising on a fake news website.

With so much fake news around, the role of institutions and professionals that work to provide accurate information is more important than ever.

Librarians serve a crucial purpose in enabling people to access data that is reliable and evidence-based. The job of a librarian no longer involves pointing customers in the right direction when they’re looking for a book, but also offering assistance with tracking down credible sources on the web and promoting media literacy.

Two women surrounded by books in a library

Libraries provide trustworthy resources that can benefit everyone from college students and those interested in politics to aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Infographic Designed By USC

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