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Fake News and Alternative Facts: Finding Accurate News: Why is Fake News Harmful?

This guide for students, faculty and staff investigates the phenomenon of fake news, and provides proactive strategies to help them recognize fake news, and identify accurate sources.

How Fake News Can Harm You

Many Believe Fake News Articles

Studies have shown that many Americans cannot tell what news is fake and what news is real. This can create confusion and misunderstanding about important social and political issues.

Fake News Can Affect Your Grades

ACC Professors require that you use quality sources of information for your research assignments and papers. If you use sources that have false or misleading information, you may get a lower grade.

Fake News Can Be Harmful to Your Health

There are many fake and misleading news stories related to medical treatments and major diseases like cancer or diabetes. Trusting these false stories could lead you to make decisions that may be harmful to your health.

Is Fake News A Form Of Free Speech?

A growing share of U.S. adults say the federal government should take steps to restrict false information online, even if it limits freedom of information. Support for both technology companies and the government taking steps to restrict false information online has grown in recent year, according to a 2023 report by the Pew Research Center. 


Fake News Makes It Harder For People To See the Truth

A Pew Research Center study found that those on the right and the left of the political spectrum have different ideas about the definition of 'fake news', "The Pew study suggests that fake-news panic, rather than driving people to abandon ideological outlets and the fringe, may actually be accelerating the process of polarization: It’s driving consumers to drop some outlets, to simply consume less information overall, and even to cut out social relationships."

This is why it is important for people to seek out news with as little bias as humanly possible. News services like AP News and Reuters strive to provide accurate, neutral coverage of major events. 

Articles About Harmful Fake News

More Statistics on Fake News in the US from Statista

Fake News is a Real Problem - Statista

Infographic: Fake News Is A Real Problem | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Sanitize before you share - News Literacy Project

Stop before you share

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