GSAN: LGBTQ+ misinfo | Why bylines matter


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Top reads

A roundup of the latest topics in news literacy and misinformation.
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Featured video

It's Pride Month, and unfortunately there's been a lot of LGBTQ+ misinformation. This NLP TikTok video explains:

Dan Evon of the News Literacy Project discusses LGBTQ+ misinformation in an image of a TikTok video with rainbows and clouds behind him.
NewsLit Tip

Why bylines matter.
Who’s behind the information you come across? It’s not always clear when you see an anonymous social media account, but in a news story you can check bylines! Bylines demonstrate transparency and accountability by showing who produced the story.

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This week on RumorGuard

No, Disney didn’t replace American flags with gay pride flags and biblical demons didn’t use gender-neutral pronouns. Yes, two images circulating online of explosions at the White House and Pentagon were fabricated. No, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t say she had a crush on Twitter owner Elon Musk. Check out more of the latest debunked rumors on NLP’s RumorGuard!

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