If we ask internet users whether they are being fooled by fake news, they will likely answer no. However, the possibilities of manipulation online are numerous and their effects are multiplied. Intoxication and false news can come from anywhere and sometimes even from democratically elected governments. Therefore, in order not to fall into the trap, it is necessary to be extremely vigilant.
“The impact of fake news could be drastically reduced”
New York University researchers created Fakey, a free game. It simulates a social media feed and trains participants to recognize certain signals available in a post. Each player can therefore share, like or review a number of articles.
This tool has been available for 19 months and has already received many visits. In their observations, the scientists found that the more players interacted with Fakey, the more important it was for them to recognize credible content. They were also better able to spot questionable posts.
Building on this success, they suggest that large social networks offer learning practice to their users. They could also be included in the media education courses that children receive in schools.
Nicholas Micallef, one of the authors, adds, “The effects of disinformation could be greatly reduced if people had tools to help them identify and ignore this content.” He continues, “The principles and mechanisms used by Fakey can influence the design of platform functionality so that people can differentiate between credible and fake content in their newsfeeds and improve literacy. Digital. “”
As a reminder, there are other games available on the same topic. This is the case with “Go viral! », Initiated by the University of Cambridge. This title is available in French and puts us in the position of a fake news channel trying to get its fake news out on social networks.