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Toronto Public Library recently had brought out a guide to facilitate online readers to detect fake news from legitimate news, media reports said.
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Mabel Ho, librarian and online communications lead said the guide targeted Toronto residents and Toronto Library staff.
Ho had tweeted, “Our response to fake news - how to spot it, find reliable information and guide others.”
Every day people were bombarded with information, misinformation and even disinformation, said Librarian Winona McMorrow, who worked on compiling the resource.
McMorrow said the guide would enable online readers to find information based on fact and help them to think critically.
“The library has always been a place for people to get facts,” Ho said, CP24 News reports said.
The guide to fake news can be found at Toronto Public Library’s tpl.ca/spotfakenews.
“How to Spot Fake News,” defines fake news but gives directions to distinguish real news from fake.
Ho also said that the guide aims to fill the gap in digital literacy and provides useful links to trustworthy fact-checking sites and other library resources.
Toronto Reference Library is also planning to offer an event in June on digital literacy in coordination with media scholar Tim Wu and BuzzFeed Media Editor Craig Silverman.