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Navigating Fake News Tips

Fake news websites intentionally publish propaganda, hoaxes, and misinformation by using social media to drive web traffic. These tips will help you ferret out the legitimate sources of information.

  1. Embrace skepticism: Slow down, examine information and ask questions about what you are reading.
  2. Compare different resources--are reputable sources reporting this story too?
  3. Find out who authored the articles. Investigate authors, their expertise, who they work for, and what their employers' biases may be. Do not use anonymous sources.
  4. Follow links and citations: If the story's links are broken or lead to unrelated sites, the information is likely fake.
  5. Make sure headlines, images, and stories match: If a story's headline or accompanying photo don't match, ask why?--the intent may be to deceive readers.
  6. Look for odd URLS: Fake news sites often use URL's that closely resemble those of respectable news sources.
  7. Fact check: refer to unbiased fact-checking sites such as Snopes and the others listed in the Fact Checker Sites box below.
  8. Read everything: Don't rely on just the headline to tell the entire story.
  9. Examine information before sharing it on social media or in academic work--don't be part of the problem.
  10. Check your biases: you probably will believe information that agrees with your world view. You must look at news with an unbiased mindset--even if it runs counter to your beliefs.

Fact Checker Sites

FactCheck.org
FactCheck.org is sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania--a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocate for citizens that aims to test honesty and integrity for voters in U.S. politics.

FlackCheck.org
FlackCheck.org is the political literacy companion to FactCheck.org. This site targets deceptive arguments in political ads.

Snopes
Snopes is the "definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation."

Politifact
Politifact is a  Pulitzer Prize winning site managed by the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper. "Politifact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics..." Their mission and principles are reported under "About Us".

Duke Reporters' Lab (Fact Checking)
Duke Reporters' Lab features a database of global fact-checking sites and how they identify the chosen sites.