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. If it a joke? If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure. Ask the experts: ask a librarian, or consult a fact checking site.
1. It can't be verified: A fake news article may or may not have links in it tracing its sources; if it does, these links may not lead to articles outside of the site's domain or may not contain information pertinent to the article topic. 2. Fake news appeals to emotion: Fake news plays on your feelings, it makes you angry or happy or scared. This is to ensure your won't do anything as pesky as fact-checking. 3. Authors usually aren't experts: Most authors aren't even journalists, but paid trolls. 4. Fake news comes from fake sites: Did your article come from abcnews.com.co? Or mercola.com? Realnewsrightnow.com? These and a host of other URLs are fake news sites.