I’ve seen so much truly fake news (as opposed to actual, journalism-based news that certain people like now point to and call “fake news”) on lately. Even though we think we’re doing a better job getting the word out about what’s fact versus fiction, a new online game called BAD NEWS shows you exactly how the fake news game gets played (along with so many people we went to high school with….).
The term FAKE NEWS. We’ve heard that phrase so much across the internet over the past year that it’s almost become meaningless.But how do you actually determine the difference between information that’s accurate and totally false?
Well, good news: there’s now a game for it.
The twist? When you play the game, you play it as the bad guy. Your job is to build as many followers as you can for your new fake news empire, using the exact same techniques as those used by the people who spread false stories IRL.
Ruurd Oosterwoud, founder of DROG, told Mashable that the game was born out an idea for the best way to deal with false stories.
“When you want to beat disinformation, blocking is never an option,” he said. “Instead, you should ridicule it.”
DROG initially had the idea to create a fake news generator that could prove how misinformation can influence public opinion. From there, Bad News was born.
The game went live in the Netherlands, where DROG is based, several months ago. Oosterwoud explained that it’s a popular in-class education tool, and that they’ve even used an adapted version of it to help train officers in the Dutch military.
“We hope people see it as an eyeopener and become aware of the tactics that can be applied to alter society’s opinions online,” he said.