It’s getting harder to spot fake news. Here’s how to spot it and what you can do to make sure you’re getting your news from a reliable source.
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How to Spot Fake News
In the era of the Internet, anyone can be a publisher. That’s why it’s important to be able to spot fake news. Fake news is often designed to look like real news, but it’s full of lies. Here are some tips for spotting fake news.
Check the source
When trying to determine whether a story is real or fake, a good place to start is by looking at the source. If you’ve never heard of the website or publication before, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fake. However, if the website has a handful of articles with sensationalized headlines and little other content, it’s likely that they are looking to generate clicks rather than report the news.
Another red flag is if the website has a .co or .info domain rather than a .com. These domains are often used by websites that pose as credible news sources but are actually fake.
You should also be wary of websites that have grammatical errors or typos in their articles. While everyone makes mistakes, consistent errors are often a sign that the website is not credible.
When you come across a news story, the first thing you should do is check the author. A lot of spurious websites will create a fake author profile to make their story seem more credible. Do a quick Google search of the author’s name and see what comes up. If they don’t have a real presence on the internet, that’s a major red flag.
Another thing to look for is whether or not the website cites its sources. A reputable news site will always include links to the original sources of their information. If a site doesn’t provide links, that’s another warning sign that the story might be fake.
Finally, take a look at the overall tone of the website. Does it seem biased or slanted in any way? If so, that’s another indication that the story might not be fully accurate.
Check the date
When looking at an article, check the date that it was published. Oftentimes, people will share articles without checking when it was published, and the article is no longer relevant. If the article is outdated, be weary of its content.
Check the content
When you come across a news story, Ask Yourself:
-Is this story from a credible source?
-Have I seen this story shared by multiple outlets?
-Is the story biased?
-Are the “facts” in the story actually true?
Here are some other signs that a story might be fake news:
-It’s written in all capital letters. (real news stories aren’t usually written this way)
-It uses inflammatory language.
-It includes unproven claims.
-It relies on anonymous sources.
How to Avoid Fake News
In the age of the internet, it’s important to be able to spot fake news. Fake news is often spread through social media, and can be difficult to spot. There are a few things to look out for that can help you spot fake news.
Follow trusted sources
In order to avoid fake news, it is important to follow only trusted sources. This can be difficult to determine, but there are some things you can look for. Check the date of the article to ensure it is recent. Look for articles from credible news sources, such as major newspapers or news networks. Be wary of articles that lack attribution or sources. Finally, check the website itself to see if it appears professional and trustworthy.
Check multiple sources
In the Internet age, it’s easier than ever to come across fake news. But just because something is shared online doesn’t make it true. It’s important to be able to spot fake news so that you don’t unwittingly share false information.
One way to check whether a story is real or fake is to see if multiple reputable sources are reporting on it. If you only see one source reporting on a story, be skeptical. You can also try searching for key phrases from the story on a search engine likeGoogle or Bing. If the story is fake, you might find that other websites have already debunked it.
Another question to ask yourself when trying to spot fake news is whether the website that’s reporting the story has a good reputation. A website that regularly publishes false information is more likely to be doing so again. You can check whether a website is reliable by looking for red flags like typos, grammatical errors, and unusual domain names (e.g., .co instead of .com).
If you’re still not sure whether a story is real or fake, there are a number of fact-checking websites that you can consult, such as Snopes, FactChecker, and PolitiFact. These websites will often have already investigated dubious stories and can help you determine whether they’re true or not.
Be skeptical of headlines.38% of Americans say they have shared a made-up story, which is more likely to happen when the headline catches your eye but you don’t have time to read the whole article.2 Try to read beyond the headline to get the full story.
Look closely at the website. If it’s full of spelling errors or looks unprofessional, it may not be legitimate. If you’re unsure, try searching for the website on Google or looking it up on Snopes, a website that fact-checks rumors and myths.1
Be aware of biased sources. It’s important to get your news from a variety of sources, including ones that contain different points of view. Research shows that people are more likely to believe information that agrees with their preexisting beliefs.4 So if you only read news that agrees with what you already think, you may become even more sure that your beliefs are right — even if they’re not.
Verify information before sharing
Before sharing a story, take a few minutes to verify its authenticity. There are a number of ways to do this:
-Look for other reports on the story. If other reputable news sources are reporting the same thing, it’s likely to be true.
-Check the source. Make sure the website is legitimate and not a parody site.
-Check the author. Is the author someone you know to be credible?
-Consider the tone of the story. Is it biased or impartial?
-Look at the date. Is the story recent?
-Check the visuals. Are they real or doctored?