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Where does fake news come from?
Test yourself! Are these stories credible?
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.)
5. Look for the story in a trusted news source. (See next tab.)
6. Use your own critical thinking skills. Does this story really make sense?
Fact checking resources
The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
AFP Fact Check
France-based international fact-checking service, monitoring content in languages and regions around the world.
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
From the Washington Post, "the truth behind the rhetoric."
Based in Australia, Hoax-Slayer is an evidence based source that debunks internet hoaxes.
Nonpartisan that evaluates the accuracy of claims made by US political officeholders, candidates, consultants, advisers, special interest groups, and pundits.
Truth or Fiction
Non-partisan “mythbusting” website about urban legends, Internet rumors, “erumors”, e-mail forwards, and other questionable pictures or stories.
Source evaluation resources
Yes, Wikipedia! This is the first stop of professional fact checkers. Follow the links for the original sources.
Media Bias Fact Check
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.
Looks at the treatment of the same current news stories and issues from media sources considered conservative, centrist, and liberal. Helps readers identify bias and avoid polarization.
7 Types of Mis- and Disinformation
From Information Disorder, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Tips for detecting fake news
From the International Federation of Library Associations
Four Moves and a Habit
Use the Four Moves to help discern truth when using the web. From "Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers"