“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
quote attributed to the writer Mark Twain
Fake news is not a new thing. The change is in the medium, it is using to spread. First, it was person to person but now social media has made it easy to spread like a forest fire.
HERE ARE FEW TIPS TO SPOT FAKE NEWS OR RUMORS
1.Understand when a message is forwarded:
Messages with the “Forwarded” label help you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message or if it originally came from someone else. When a message is forwarded from one user to another more than five times, it’s indicated with a double arrow icon . If you’re not sure who wrote the original message, double-check the facts. To learn more about forwarding messages, please read these articles.
2. Look for unusual urls:
If they end with .Lo, or .com.co Chances are they aren’t legitimate news sites.
3.Check photos and media carefully:
Photos, audio recordings, and videos can be edited to mislead you. Look at trusted news sources to see if the story is being reported elsewhere. When a story is reported in multiple places, it’s more likely to be true.
4. Look out for messages that look different:
Many messages or website links you receive containing hoaxes or fake news have spelling mistakes. Look for these signs so you can check if the information is accurate.
Dissect the layout Look for grammatical errors, incorrect dates bold claims with no sources, and sensationalist images. These are all red flags.
5.Check your biases:
Watch out for information that confirms your pre-existing beliefs and review the facts before sharing information. Stories that seem hard to believe are often untrue.
6. Fake news often goes viral:
Even if a message is shared many times, this doesn’t make it true. Don’t forward a message because the sender is urging you to do so. If you see something that’s fake, tell the person that sent it to you and ask them to verify the information before they share it. If a group or contact is constantly sending fake news, report them.
7.Verify with other sources:
If you’re still not sure if a message is true, search online for facts, and check trusted news sites to see where the story came from. If you still have doubts, ask fact-checkers or people you trust for more information.
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