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Many teens have trouble spotting fake news, but it’s not as bad as it sounds

The Christian Science Monitor – Gretel Kauffman

A study by researchers at Stanford University suggests that while teenagers have a knack for interpreting their friends’ tweets and Instagram photos, they may not be as skilled when it comes to analyzing the news. Eighty-two percent of middle school students surveyed couldn’t tell the difference between an ad labeled “sponsored content” and a legitimate news story, according to the study. Additionally, many teens judged the credibility of news-related tweets based on how much detail the tweet contained or whether it included a photo, rather than on the source of the post.”(more)

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