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When the moon hits the sky and it looks CGI that’s ... misinformation. Check out this NLP TikTok video:

An image of an oversized moon created by a digital artist is labeled “A fake moon” by the News Literacy Project.
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Information, not affirmation
Do some social media posts make you feel extreme emotions? It’s good to slow down, confirm the facts and check for logic when content seeks to exploit our emotions. Remember, we’re all vulnerable to the influence of our biases — and social media algorithms often learn to cater to them, favoring outrageous content that keeps users engaged.

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This week on RumorGuard

Former Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t pelted with a water balloon during a parade, and President Joe Biden isn’t converting U.S. currency to crypto. Check out more of the latest debunked rumors on NLP’s RumorGuard!

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