Social media outlets have become go-to places for politicians and political organizations to disseminate their messages. However, for every politician posting on Twitter or Facebook, there are imposters uploading bogus messages in that person’s name. Identifying fake accounts is a critical skill for successfully navigating social media.
This task assesses students’ knowledge of an important symbol on Twitter and Facebook—the blue checkmark, which indicates a verified account. Students are asked which of two Facebook posts is a more trustworthy source about Donald Trump’s decision to run for president. Although both posts claim to represent Fox News, only one is verified.
Successful students will identify the blue checkmark and explain why, in this case, it makes one post more trustworthy. Students may note other aspects of the posts that helped them make this choice, but they must demonstrate an understanding of verified accounts and the symbol used to distinguish them.