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OPLIN 4Cast #602: The War Against “Fake”

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In his keynote at a PLA Convention a few years ago, Pew’s Director of Internet and Technology research Lee Rainie talked about the trust the public places in libraries, and the value people see in having librarians as part of their social networks. We are seen as lifelong learners and gatekeepers of facts, so we’re the ones who comment on their social media posts with links to and other fact-checking sources. (I think of it as the modern “shush.”)

“Trustworthiness” is increasingly a desirable brand trait, and the social media platforms that bear much of the responsibility for the easy spread of misinformation are starting to step up. Several announcements were made this week of new initiatives to fight the influence (and real-world harm) of “fake news.”

From the Ohio Web Library: