Spot Fake News
There is plenty of credible information available to you, but you need to learn how to find and read it. Research shows that “social media posts on Twitter and Facebook differ from the actual content of their linked news articles, finding that social media comments regularly misrepresent the facts reported in the news” (Anspach & Carlson, 2020, p. 697).
8 Tips for Recognizing Fake News
- Consider the Source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
- Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
- Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
- 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 judgment.
- 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 the Experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.
Find out more on the library’s How to Spot Fake News guide and get links to fact-checking websites.
Anspach, N. M., & Carlson, T. N. (2020). What to Believe? Social Media Commentary and Belief in Misinformation. Political Behavior, 42(3), 697–718. https://proxy.umpqua.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=145258670&site=eds-live&scope=site