Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when President Trump brought the term into the vernacular.
Farley, a veteran journalist, says we've had fake news forever and that "people have always been trying to manipulate information for their own ends," but she calls what we're seeing now "Fake news with a capital F." In other words: extreme in its ambition for financial gain or political power.
So one day she says an idea came to her: build a game to test users' ability to detect fake news from real. The game's interface mimics the dating app Tinder, which made swiping famous. On a phone, players swipe left when they think the article in front of them is fake, and right when they believe it's real.
Voilà: Factitious. Give it a shot. (And take it from us; it's not as easy as you might think!)
Source: NPR Ed