Fake News and the Manipulation of Public Opinion, 1st Edition

  • Carla Mooney
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  • ISBN-10: 168282540X
  • ISBN-13: 9781682825402
  • DDC: 302.230973
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 80 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Fake news is not new but, thanks to the Internet and social media, it is spreading faster and farther than ever before. Fabricated stories are creating doubt and confusion and easing the way for the manipulation of public opinion. In some cases, websites and news articles are designed to confuse people into thinking that they are looking at trusted sources and factual stories. In other cases, the label fake news serves as a tool for discrediting unflattering accounts or opposing points of view. The result in all cases is public confusion that, many argue, threatens the foundations of democracy. Fake News and the Manipulation of Public Opinion presents a balanced but realistic view of what has been taking place, how, and why. It examines both the consequences of these actions and the efforts being made at all levels of society to end this problem.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Manipulating Public Opinion.
2: The New Look of Fake News.
3: Why Is Fake News So Hard to Spot?.
4: Social Media's Role in the Spread of Fake News.
5: Election Interference.
6: Fighting Fake News and Other Manipulation Techniques.
Source Notes.
Six Ways to Evaluate Information.
Organizations to Contact.
For Further Research.
Picture Credits.
About the Author.