Ever wonder if all the information you see on television or in the news is totally true? Here are several ways to spot fake news and fact check social media posts and news reports.
Enoch Pratt Library recommends assessing the source of the information. In an online guide titled “Fake News: How to Spot It,” they suggest asking the following questions:
- Do you know the person behind the presentation of the material?
- Is there a byline or introduction, and are you aware of the person’s expertise?
- Is the author listed on the site, or is there an “about me” section?
- Does the organization have an “about us” link?
- What is the name of the organization creating or hosting the content?
- Look at the URL. Does it have a tilde ~ in it? This is frequently a personal site.
- Check for the ending of the website’s URL: .gov, .edu, .mil, and .org are more credible than websites that end in .com, .net, and many others.
- Search the Internet for more information about the author.
- Search LinkedIn, a social media site for professionals.
- Search an online library catalog to see what books the author has written.
- Search online research databases to see what the author has written/published.
- Is this a firsthand account, or is this being seen through the eyes of an editor?
Source: Enoch Pratt Free Library: Research