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Fake News & Misinformation: How to Spot It and Verify

When you see a “news” story, you need to dig a lot deeper than the headline or the text of the article to know if what you are seeing is fact. This guide provides tips and resources to help you discern whether the news you see and read is real or fake.

Is it true? Fact Checking Sites and Checklists

Some websites have taken on the mission of fact-checking rumors, health claims, and political claims -- particularly those that show up often in social media. 

Fact checking: Science and Medicine

10 Question Checklist, News Literacy Project

Did they really say that?

Is it true? Apply evaluative criteria.

Read and evaluate the following web articles. Discuss what you conclude after reading the linked articles. Is there "truth" to the claim? If so, what is the evidence for your decision? If you do not think it is true or have questions about the authority and accuracy of the claim, what is the evidence for your decision?

"Human beings now have the attention span of a goldfish!"


Fake Fact Checking and Fake News Sites

“Fake news websites (also referred to as hoax news) deliberately publish hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation — using social media to drive web traffic and amplify their effect" (Wikipedia). 

The proliferation of news sources and satire, as well as the ease and speed of social media — combined with readers' short attention spans and tendency to just read the headlines make it easy for readers to fall for fake news. ("Everyone can be duped by fake news, experts say as satire sites multiply").

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