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Fake News, Disinformation & Misinformation

Fake news is not new, but it's never been so pervasive or harder to spot. Find out how to spot fake news, disinformation and misinformation.

How to Spot It

These are things to look at that can help you determine if you are reading or watching fake news.

1. Credentials

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?

2. Objectivity

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?

4. Conclusions

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.

Also Look Out For

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

Do You Know Fake News When You See it?

Fake news would not be a problem if people knew it when they saw it. It matters because most people have trouble identifying fake news.

A Pew Research study (link below) showed that 64% of Americans had a great deal of confusion with an additional 24% having some confusion. That's a lot!

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Check Snopes

Is it true? Submit a rumor to Snopes or go to their Fact Check to find out. You can also report fake news to Snopes when you see it: Submit a Rumor 

Here is the latest from Snopes.

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