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IFLA - How to Spot Fake News

How to spot fake news. Consider the source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info. Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story? Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real? Supporting Sources? Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story. Check the Date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events. Is it a joke? If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure. Check your biases: consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement. Ask the experts: ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.

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