Take Action Thursday: Fake News

Take Action Thursday: Fake News

Today we give you the steps to help fight fake news!

 

The best way to fight fake news is you – the social media and internet user!  Yes, YOU! Below are the ways you can identify fake news and fake sites to help determine if something is real or not!

 

  1. Look at the web address of the news story – if you see “.wordpress” “.com.co”, or a web address that ends in “lo” (like newslo), then it should raise a red flag.  Also if it appears to be a variation of a real news outlet, but its not exact, it’s another red flag!
  2. Look past the headline and first paragraph before you share it or pass it along.  The creators want you to click and share it so they make the headline appear very catchy.  Google the issue and if no one else has a story on it, chances are it’s fake!
  3. Be on the lookout for all caps words like “DANGEROUS”, “WOW”, “UNBELIEVABLE” – it’s a good sign something isn’t right!
  4. Check the date of the story – they often use stories that are old and try to pass them off as if they are just happening.  If it happened in 2012, it’s ancient in the world of the internet!
  5. Are there a TON of advertisements?  This is also a good sign of a fake site because as we mentioned on More Information Monday they are trying to make money by people clicking on the site.  Just another red flag to watch out for!
  6. Google the author of the story.  If they have had a history of hoaxes, that will come up.
  7. If they cite another source, click on it to see if it’s real.  A lot of times, there will be references to back a story up, but they lead to no where and are made up.
  8. Think before you share!  This is the biggest way to stop fake news – if it seems off – don’t share it!

 


The sites below will help fact check information and stories.  You can always google something, but here are other sites to help you identify hoaxes.

 


Join us tomorrow for some fun regarding fake news on Feel Good Friday!

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