How to Spot Fake News

Considering how quickly and widely fake news is spread via social media, FactCheck.org highlights eight critical steps everyone can take to identify disinformation. Among the key takeaways are for readers to consider the source of the news, read beyond the headline especially when it is provocative, check the author’s credibility and background, check the supporting links or documents mentioned, note the date, determine if the content is for satirical purposes, and identify one’s own biases to avoid confirmation bias. Perhaps one of the best recommendations the authors note is to consult experts who are actively fact-checking to debunk viral fake news.