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Note: The News Literacy Project staff is off next Tuesday for the July 4 holiday. Get Smart About News will return on Tuesday, July 11.


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A roundup of the latest topics in news literacy and misinformation.
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How can you tell if an image is AI generated? It’s common to look at the hands and fingers, but it’s also important to look at the source. Learn more from this NLP TikTok video:

Click on the image to play a video from the News Literacy Project’s TikTok account for tips on how to tell if an image is AI-generated.
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Unsure if a news source is credible? Try “lateral reading,” or leaving a website to better determine its credibility by investigating what other online sources say about it.

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This week on RumorGuard

A doctored image of President Joe Biden in a diaper wasn’t real. An AI-generated image of former President Donald Trump dancing with a 13-year-old girl at the private island of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was also inauthentic. An alleged screenshot of a news story about the OceanGate submersible being found intact but empty was impostor content. Check out more of the latest debunked rumors on NLP’s RumorGuard!

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