Unless you've abandoned American society for a bit of “Eat, Pray, Love” self-reflection, you've probably heard the term “fake news” at least once. Fake news on Facebook was targeted during the post-presidential election and Democratic blame game, and the term has become an all-encompassing catchphrase of President Donald Trump.
While the term “fake news” originated from clickbait articles touting outrageous, misleading headlines that had nothing to do with the articles themselves, online evolution and our natural leaning toward confirmation bias has made it harder to spot.
Fortunately for unsuspecting Americans, a team at American University has found a way to make learning to identify fake news stories both educational and enjoyable.
Factitious is a game that presents actual news stories that have been published online, and the player has to decide if they're real or fake. If you've ever swiped for love on Tinder, you'll recognize the format of the game pretty quickly.
For example, here is a story with the headline “Nassau County Man, High on Meth, Cuts Off Genitals And Feeds Them To Alligator.”
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