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The five must-read posts from today, on Sky, polls and schools

1. Ofcom ruling on Sky will test Cameron if Tories win

At Left Foot Forward, Joy Johnson says that Ofcom's plan to force Sky to drop the price it charges rival broadcasters for its sports channels will test the strength of the unholy alliance between David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch.

2. Will the polls be right?

UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells responds to Julian Glover's Guardian article and says that he expects the polls, as in 2005, to predict the correct result.

3. How to get better teachers: accept bigger class sizes

On the Wall Street Journal blogs, Iain Martin says that the Tories need to make it clear that hiring the best graduates as teachers involves accepting bigger class sizes.

4. The ubiquitous face of David Cameron

Jim Pickard of the FT's Westminster blog reveals that at least 50 Tory candidates are gathering this afternoon to pose for photographs with David Cameron for their campaign literature. The story is another sign of the party's overdependence on Cameron, he says.

5. Alternative Vote: busting a myth

Over at LabourList, Michael Calderbank says that Labour would gain, not lose seats, under the Alternative Vote system.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.