How to spot fake news?

The internet tests us: not all the information that circulates on the network is real

On the internet we find a huge amount of information: publications from our friends, recommended content, news we find while surfing on the net, videos, messages on social media…

With such amount of information it can seem difficult to distinguish between what is real and what has been made up. To differenciate fake news you do not need to be an expert, you only have to use a really simple thing: common sense.

Check the URL

Some fake news websites copy the masthead, the style and the brandfrom other well-known sites: doing so they confuse users, who think that they are in the real website.

Checking the URL you will be able to verify if the website is real or if it is only a fake one.

Checking the URL you will be able to verify if the website is real or if it is only a fake one. ((Propia))

Who has written it

When some information makes you doubt, focus on who has written it. If it is not signed, you should asked yourself why hasn’t anyone wanted to sign this article…

And specially, apply your common sense: are you sure the President would write something like this?

(Clue: the name in a Twitter account says it all).

The importance of sources

In journalism, sources provide information and figures for journalists. Ideally, a news story has to include several sources: this way we can avoid having a single point of view and biased opinions.

Equally, informations which come from governments and official institutions have more credibility than other more suspicious sources (or directly made up).

Spelling is not serious…

If the text has spelling mistakes, that should make you suspect… A text which wrongly expresses its ideas it does not transmit credibility.

Same thing happens with images: if pictures are pixelated or videos are blurry, there may not be a staory behind it.

 

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