With the growing popularity of independent publications, it’s important than ever to be able to spot fake news. Here’s four tips to help you discern real news from the not-so-real news.
You’re reading this article, so chances are the headline caught your attention. Sorry to disappoint, but fake news has not, in fact, been banned from the internet. Unfortunately, too many social media users have fallen victim to an eye-catching, hyperbolic headline that a distant relative or high school classmate has shared to their newsfeed. This is precisely what fake news aims to do: misinform the public about a host of topics from conspiracy theories to political storylines.
Surely, the recent presidential election has birthed an unprecedented amount of fake news on the internet. In fact, fake news outperformed real news across Facebook in the months leading up to the election.
Fake news has paved the way for both right and left wing proponents to share false storylines with their followers. Understanding how to identify fake news is important, as widely shared fake news has the power to influence professional, personal and political decisions and beliefs. Don’t let click-bait catch your attention – use these four tips to spot fake news:
The ability to identify fake news is increasingly important, especially when thousands of articles are shared to social newsfeeds every minute. When social media users blindly share news that is based in fiction, incorrect information is spread, perpetuating a misinformed public.
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