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Fake Online Information v. Real Online Information: Visual Hints

When we search for information using a search engine, sometimes our results consist of a lot of junk! This guide is to assist you with using the CRAAP test to identify what is junk/fake information and what is real.

Visual Hints

Advertisements are eye catching, consider the following when debating if you are looking at news or an advertisement:

1.) The picture does not match-up with text for the story.

2.) You've seen the picture before for other advertisements.

3.) The image is questionable, altered/"photoshopped", shocking, or sensational.

4.) The advertisement disclaimer is in color while other text is black.

5.) The photograph does not include information related to the origins (date, place, people, etc.) to support the authenticity of the image.

 

Can you spot the visual hints in the ads below? 

 

Answer Key

Did you spot all the visual hints? Do you spot the real story/article ?

The numbers below correlate to the numbers in the images below.

1.) The picture does not match-up with text for the story.

2.) You've seen the picture before for other advertisements.

3.) The image is questionable, altered/"photoshopped", shocking, or sensational.

4.) The advertisement disclaimer is in color while other text is black.

5.) The photograph does not include information related to the origins (date, place, people, etc.) to support the authenticity of the image.

6.) This is a real online magazine article. The image is of the author's Instagram photos. Do you think it looks like an advertisement?

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