WATCH — How to tell the difference between real and fake news

Published 2021-10-01 03:00

Professional journalists have to meet high standards

The internet is full of articles, videos and photos that claim to be true. But how can you be sure?

These days, almost anybody with access to a digital device and some basic skills can make stuff up and package it in a way that looks like real news.

There’s disinformation, when false information is created on purpose to trick people.

There’s also misinformation, when information is shared by people who don’t realize it’s fake.

And then there’s real news, written by journalists who have to follow strict rules that are enforced by the organizations they work for.

Those rules include:

So, how can you tell the difference between real news and the fake stuff?

Click play to hear CBC Kids News contributor Saara Chaudry explain, in three minutes or less.

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The Grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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