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Fake News: Evaluating Claims - Examples to work with

In a world of 'fake', 'post-truth' and 'alternative' news, critically understanding what to look for and how to evaluate information is becoming increasingly important.

Evaluating 'Fake News' Examples


There are endless examples of 'questionable' information circulating, especially via the Internet and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  To decide what to believe, or what to re-post or re-Tweet, use an evaluation strategy.

Listed below are examples of REAL vs FAKE NEWS sites and exercises to test whether you can pick the difference.  Recheck the page in this Guide on "Tips for Evaluating 'Fake News' ", and test yourself with the examples below. 

Start with reviewing the claims made in this website, and how to critically evaluate them:

Evaluating Claims: Bullet Proof Coffee


Put your evaluative skills to work!

Let's take a look at a dietary craze. Have you heard of buttered coffee?  Buttered coffee, also referred to as Bulletproof ® Coffee after a brand name, is both popular and controversial in the health community.

Step 1: Watch the Why are People Drinking Buttered Coffee informational video below to find out more.

Step 2: Then watch the other two videos in support of and against buttered coffee.

Step 3: Evaluate the claims made in the videos - what do you think? Would you be taking up buttered coffee anytime soon?


Evaluating Claims: Examples and Lesson Plans


Examples to evaluate


Lesson Plans




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