Whether you’re surfing the net for the latest news or researching for an assignment, you’re likely to come across fake news. So don’t take things at surface value. Use this checklist to make sure you know how to spot fake news.
- Consider the source
Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact information.
- Read beyond
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
- Check the author
Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
- Supporting sources
Click on those links. Determine if the information given actually supports the story.
- Check the date
Re-posting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
- Is it a joke?
If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and the author to be sure.
- Check your biases.
Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement.
- Ask the experts
Ask a librarian or consult a fact-checking website.
Watch this video to see a real example of fake news and the harm it can do.
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