Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tips for Spotting False News. It's Possible to Spot False News. as We Work to Limit the Spread, Check out a Few Ways to Identify Whether a Story Is Genuine

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tips for Spotting False News. It's Possible to Spot False News. as We Work to Limit the Spread, Check out a Few Ways to Identify Whether a Story Is Genuine

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1. Be sceptical of headlines.

False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation marks.

If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are.

2. Look closely at the URL.

A phoney or look-alike URL may be a warning sign of false news. Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL. You can go to the site and compare the URL to established sources.

3. Investigate the source.

Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy.

If the story comes from an unfamiliar organisation, check their "About" section to learn more.

4. Watch for unusual formatting.

Many false news sites have misspellings or awkward layouts. Read carefully if you see these signs.

5. Consider the photos.

False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos. Sometimes the photo may be authentic, but taken out of context. …

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