Hoaxes and Fakes

Some things are just too crazy to be true ... right?

We know not to believe everything we hear, but what about what we see? Advancements in computer-generated graphics, facial recognition, and video production have led to a world of viral videos that are often difficult to identify as fake. Learn to read what you see on the web "laterally" by getting off the page, checking credibility, and finding corroboration.

Real or Fake ... what do YOU think?

Pig rescues baby goat
This video went viral in 2012 and appeared on websites and news shows around the world!

Everybody fell in love with this hero pig who saved his friend, the baby goat! How sweet!


Nathan For You - Petting Zoo Hero

How do fake videos go viral?

Nathan For You - Petting Zoo Hero Pt. 2


This video is an example of misinformation, which is false or inaccurate information, especially that which is intended to deceive.

This video is just meant to be funny and to make people laugh; however, what if it was something more serious, like a fake news story or false information about an important event, like a natural disaster? What ramifications might that have?

There's so much information out there, and we're consuming it so fast. It's easy to get duped. It's necessary to master a strategy that will help you tell misinformation from credible information, whether it's fake videos or other questionable information you encounter.

Click here and check out a fun YouTube channel!

These girls make great videos debunking fake social media posts that went viral!

How can you recognize misinformation, hoaxes, and fake news??

Click on the link below to take you to a PlayPosit video that will walk you through recognizing these misleading social media stories! It will also lead you through several examples where you will get to practice being an internet detective!

Created By Mrs. Kimberly Cing

Rutherford County Schools

District Instructional Technology Coach