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Fake News

A guide to spotting fake news and links to reputable news sources

Tips for spotting fake news

Here are some signs that you are reading fake news

  • The news site uses ALL CAPS or obviously photoshopped pictures
  • Pop-ups and banner ads appear when you get to the webpage
  • The domain has additional characters like ".co" attached to a trusted sources' URL (eg. would be a fake site trying to pass as the BBC)
  • The story offer links and that lead to unreliable content or does not provide links or references at all 

Take these extra steps to evaluate the source

  • If you are reading from an unknown site, read the "About" page. Google the site with the work "fake" to see if anything comes up
  • If you find an unlikely story, search for it in a reputable website to see if they are reporting about it
  • Check the date to make sure it is current (especially if you find the story on social media)
  • Find out where the image is from using a reverse image search like TinEye

Avoid further spreading misinformation

  • Read more than just the headline. Sometimes the headline does not clearly reflect the content of the article.
  • Don't share a news story if you are not sure it's true!

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