How to Spot Fake News
- Consider the Source:
Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
- Do a quick search on the author.
Are they credible? Are they real?
- Check the Date:
Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
- Check your Biases:
Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement.
- Read Beyond:
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
- Supporting Sources?
Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
- Is it a Joke?
If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
- Ask an Expert:
Ask a librarian or consult a fact-checking site.