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How to spot fake news. Consider the source. Read beyond. Check the author. Supporting sources? Check the date. Is it a joke? Check your biases. Ask the experts

How to spot fake news

Eight means to identify fake news

Libraries promote freedom of speech, among other things, but as a result of freedom of expression, the internet and the media are bursting with stuff that you cannot always be sure if to believe them or not. There are tools to distinguish between information and disinformation or misinformation. One of them is media literacy, an essential part of the civic skills promoted by libraries. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has prepared a list of eight questions based on media literacy to distinguish real news from fake news. When you doubt the authenticity and truthfulness of a source, follow these steps:

Consider the source

Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.

Check the author

Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?

Check the date

Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.

Check your biases

Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement.

Read beyond

Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story

Supporting sources?

Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.

Is it a joke?

If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.

Ask the experts

Consult a fact-checking site. Ask the library.


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