How To Spot Fake News Stories Online
With yesterday being April Fools Day, a lot of people fell victim to several fake news stories on social media. Allow me to give you an example of a post that went viral. So many people on my Facebook shared this:
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this isn't real. Now, the Facebook page commented this morning saying that it was an April Fools Joke. However, people still fell for it.
If you're like me and you scroll through social media seeing the things people share. You probably spot a lot of things that you want to comment "fake news" on. It happens every day. So, allow me to help those who usually fall for those posts that are clearly fake.
A lot of times, fake movie posts (like the one featured above) are shared online. They are one of the easiest things to fall for. If you question if a movie is really happening or not, a simple Google search will help. Also, you can search for those movies on this reliable source: IMDb.com.
I found a helpful info-graph that will help you determine if a news story or photo is legit. This could save you the embarrassment of people calling you out for falling for fake news on social media.
There you have it. Spotting fake news should be a lot easier after knowing those things. If you think something is too good to be true, chances are, it is. If it's not a credible news source posting, be sure to do a quick search on other news sites to see if that story is on there. Also, be sure to check out the date on articles. You will see a lot of people share old posts without realizing that it already happened a few years ago. It may not be fake news, but it could be old news.
Hopefully this post helps you spot those fake news stories. If you have seen a lot of people share posts like that, go ahead and share this article with them on social media. They'll thank you for it later!
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