These are things to look at that can help you determine if you are reading or watching fake news.
Is the source of the news story a known legitimate news outlet? Is it from a news source that is also available as broadcast news or an online or print magazine?
Does the author of the news story have an agenda? Are they associated with a special interest group? 3. Documentation Are sources given in the story? Can you find the sources cited to verify the information? Do individuals interviewed as sources have some kind of expertise on the topic, such as their profession, education or were they a witness to the news event?
Do the conclusions that the news story comes to about the topic line up with other sources on the topic? This is actually the most important piece since fake news sources may also fake credentials, documentation, etc.
Fake news sites are notorious for creating names similar to legitimate news sources to make their stories seem credible.
The sites below have more tips on how to spot fake news stories
You can report fake news when you see it.
Google recently enabled a fact check tag in Google and Google News search. This label identifies articles that include information fact checked by news publishers and fact-checking organizations.
Google notes that "This information won’t be available for every search result, and there may be search result pages where different publishers checked the same claim and reached different conclusions."
Part of the Politifact project from the From Pulitzer Prize Winning Tampa Bay Times.
These sites collect and review news stories. Use then to see if the story you are wondering about is true.