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Social media posts about cute animals or nature may seem harmless, but accounts looking to build large followings often pass off fakes and spread bogus claims to boost engagement. Check out this NLP TikTok video for more tips on spotting “engagement bait.”

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Check out fact-checking organizations
Looking for help in deciding if something online is legit? There are several reputable fact-checking sites — such as AFP Fact Check, Reuters Fact Check, Poynter’s PolitiFact and International Fact-Checking Network, NLP’s RumorGuard and more — that can help you determine how to know what to trust.

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This week on RumorGuard

NBA star LeBron James, President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama did not wear pink to celebrate the Barbie movie. (The images were AI-generated.) AMC theaters are not disrupting screenings of Sound of Freedom. Check out more of the latest debunked rumors on NLP’s RumorGuard!

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