Roscommon County program to help identify ‘fake news’

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You’ve probably heard the term ‘fake news’. Those headlines filling Facebook with misinformation, often shared by people who actually believe it.

The Houghton Lake Public Library is hoping to change that.

They’re hosting a panel discussion next month on “Detecting Fake News”.

Kimberly Young is the director of the library.

“What we’re going to be talking about is how to ascertain the difference between when you’re reading a headline and knowing who they’re coming from and what point of view the source has on the topic.”

Young said she hopes this will help to stop people from sharing fake news online.

“It’s a hot topic. I’m sure everybody’s heard of it. And what it is is that it’s often even just headlines that’s meant to grab someone’s attention in one direction of thought or another. That might be misleading and are not really talking about the actually story.”

The event is scheduled for February 21, at 6pm at the Houghton Lake Public Library.

CMU Public Radio’s Amy Robinson will be one of the panelists, along with Central Michigan University journalism professor Tim Boudreau, and Houghton Lake Resorter publisher Eric Hamp.