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Why Verify?

Is it challenging to identify trustworthy information online? Why should we look beyond the information itself?

Why Verify?
Why Verify?

Can you find the fakes?

Identifying false information can be harder than we think. Test your skills using the FakeOut game. What’s your final score?

CIVIX Explains: Information Pollution

There are many kinds of false and misleading information. This video explores the difference between misinformation (not intended to cause harm) and disinformation (purposefully harmful) and some of the the ways that information pollution spreads

Read laterally, not vertically

Often when we want to know if information is credible, we look at the information itself — analyzing the professionalism of a site, or trusting what a source says about themselves. This is called ‘vertical reading’ — staying on the page and looking for clues. 

A better and faster way is to open a new tab and conduct simple research into the source or claim. This is called ‘lateral reading’ — it’s what professional fact-checkers do to efficiently reach informed conclusions.

Ready to begin?

It's time to learn the first lateral reading skill