More than 90 percent of fake news articles contain a graph or some kind of mathematical data. That statistic sounds alarming. But the more alarming thing is that Charles Seife made it up. He’s a professor of journalism at New York University. “We think of numbers as something other than human,” says Seife. “But numbers that we use in the everyday world are very much human. They’re created, manipulated, and presented by humans.”
Below are some of the ways companies and journalists might mislead people using graphs and data:
You will be assigned one of the following products to advertise. Can you create an advertisement that includes a misleading graph?