According to a Pew Research Center report, about 63% of users on Facebook and Twitter get their news from these two platforms. So while this is good for disseminating information, it also means that rumors or fake news articles spread even faster.
How can you then stay informed without falling for a hoax? Here are some things that you can do on social media:
Even in this age of citizen journalism, it still pays to cross-check with legitimate news websites, as those have editors that fact-check the work done by reporters. That, and a little Googling won’t hurt!
Some unscrupulous websites steal images about other events, then use it to make their fake article look true. They sometimes even add fake captions or edit the photos themselves to add an air of legitimacy to the fake story.
To spot stolen images, simply copy the image URL or save the photo on your hard drive. Then upload it to TinEye or Google Reverse Image Search. If the same photo appears on other websites but with completely different captions, then the article you got it from may be a fake.
These 3 ways are just some tips to help you blow the cover on a fake news story. But with tricksters getting more sophisticated every day, the best piece of advice is this: read everything on the internet with a critical eye.
Have you been fooled by a fake news article before? What was the weirdest true story you ever read online? Let us know on our Facebook page!
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