8 easy tips to help you work out if you're reading "fake news" or the real thing

8 easy tips to help you work out if you're reading "fake news" or the real thing

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Hint: Kim Jong-un being named Sexiest Man Alive was satire. Not real news!
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1 Does the URL look odd? That “com.co” ending on an otherwise authentic-looking website is a red flag. When in doubt, click on the “Contact” and “About” links to see where they lead. A major news organisation probably isn’t headquartered in a house.

2 Does it make you mad? False reports often target emotions with claims of outlandish spending or unpatriotic words or deeds. If common sense tells you it can’t be true, it may not be.

3 Is anyone else reliable talking about it? If it’s real, other news sites are likely reporting it.

4 How is the writing? Caps lock and multiple exclamation marks don’t have a place in most real newsrooms.


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5 Who are the writers and the people in the story? Google names for clues to see if they are legitimate, or not.

6 What are fact-checking sites like Snopes.com and FactCheck.org finding?

7 It might be satire. Sometimes foolish stories aren’t really meant to fool.

8 Think twice before sharing. Today, everyone is a publisher.


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