Authenticating Information

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Whether you are doing a little research, following a news story, or sharing interesting things on social media, the Internet is a never-ending source of information. But how do you know if that information is true, unbiased and relevant?  This section helps you sharpen your critical thinking skills in finding, recognizing and sharing quality info online.

When satirical late-night host Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness” in 2005 – to describe how emotions can sometimes outweigh facts in what we want to believe – little did he know that this would be the harbinger of one of the biggest challenges of the digital age: knowing how to separate truth from fiction in the information we encounter online.

This public awareness program, created in partnership between MediaSmarts and the Facebook Canadian Election Integrity Initiative, focuses on authentication of online information.