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Educator’s Guide: Types of Online Fakes

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The misinformation and hoaxes that flow over the Internet often fall into specific categories: real photos from unrelated events; art, ads, film and staged scenes; photoshopped images; fake accounts; altered manual retweets; fake tweets; fake websites. Understanding what to expect can help you make the right call in a fast moving situation, and avoid giving a hoax new life. The guide is produced by Craig Silverman, an entrepreneurial journalist and a leading expert on media errors, accuracy and verification together with Rina Tsubaki from the European Journalism Centre in Netherlands.