Learning how to identify fake news so you don’t share it is the first line of defense in stopping the spread of false information. Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Bridge Magazine reporter and AWC Detroit Vanguard Award winner, shares these 10 tips:
- Read more than the headline
Clickbait titles can misrepresent the facts or situation, misleading you.
- Check your biases
Ask yourself: Do I believe the story because it confirms my worldview?
- Consider the publication
Read the about page. Are they a blog or a professional outlet? What is their mission?
- Research the author
Do they have experience that would give them an informed viewpoint?
- Click the links
Click on hyperlinks in the story to check if their initial sources are trustworthy.
- Is anybody else reporting it?
Large stories are picked up by multiple outlets. If nobody else is reporting, it may not be real.
- Is it a joke?
Stories posted on satirical websites can be mistaken for actual stories.
- Look at the date
Fake news sites will distort real world events by claiming they happened at a different time.
- Examine the URL
Fake news sites may use URLs that closely resemble actual sources to trick you.
For example: REAL: ABCNews.com FAKE: ABCNews.com.co
- Do a reverse image search
Pictures can be taken from real news stories. Search the internet for images in a story to see if they are actually tied to a different event.
The next step is knowing how to flag fake news when you see it online. so it can be either:
- Labeled as fake to warn others on the internet, or
- Moved lower in search results
Use these quick guides to learn how you can report fake news on Facebook, Twitter and Google.
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