RICHARD's desk: FAKE NEWS: 12 defences against it

We are bombarded by news everyday from many sources but the sources are not authentic news services. FAKE NEWS is a very real problem today.


If you are a news junkie, there are steps you can take if you really want to check the credibility and veracity of the news story.

12 defenses against FAKE NEWS

  1. Check the claim. Demand evidence. Confirm the data or claims.
  2. Copy quotes and see what an Internet search shows about it.
  3. Doubt it if there are typos, spelling errors or grammer mistakes.
  4. Read beyond the headline, to see what the story is really about.
  5. Check the date. Old news sometimes is passed off as being current.
  6. “Shocking!” headlines usually are exaggerations and distortions of the truth.
  7. Check the source on Wikipedia. Credible publications have credible sources.
  8. Copy the side address and check its veracity with com
  9. Check the source:
              Is it credible? For example, cbc.ca? Real. But cbc.com.co? Not.
              Does the author have credentials to talk about the subject?
              Anonymous sources usually are questionable.
  10. Do the photos look authentic, believable, credited sources? Photos can be doctored. Check if it has been used by clicking google.com . Click the camera icon.
  11. Sponsorship or commercialism usually means the article was paid for and not a factual story.
  12. Use Amnesty International to check the you Tube video

This post is based on material from a Canadian Journalists supported site which educates web users about real news vs. FAKE NEWS:  doubtit.ca
We are swamped with information today, bombarded from every direction and many of these stories are looking for ‘clicks,’ for which the originator is receiving money. 

The next time you see a news story and something clicks in your head about it, it may be FAKE NEWS. Follow it up by using the tips above.

 

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