Protect yourself from lies and hoaxes with these steps:
1. Take a second look! Watch for these red flags
strange web address (example abcnews.com.co)
no listing of the source of the picture or information
logic-defying pictures or text
2. Do a web search to find other sources for the story. But be careful! There may be lots of sites that link to the original fake site, so unless you find the story in a trusted site, keep investigating.
3. Look for the story in a trusted fact checking site. (See below.)
Resource for determining media bias through research and consumer opinions. Media Bias/Fact Check also provides occasional fact checks, original articles on media bias and breaking/important news stories.