How to spot fake news?
Every wondered how to distinguish fake news from genuine ones? Learn how to scrutinize news and suggest your own tips to catch fake news at a glance.
The news is made available to the public in various forms like newspapers, tabloids, television channels, social media and many other means. We find that fake news is being spread deliberately by some for personal gain or with other ulterior motives. It is very important to spot fake news and not to spread it. Facebook took some initiative to stop fake news making rounds in the media. It suggested some ways of spotting fake news. In the fake news, the headlines will always be catchy. Be skeptical about such headlines. On the internet, look at the URL carefully. In fake sites, the URL will be an imitation of a popular website with minor changes. Beware of such websites. The fake news will generally contain spelling mistakes and unusual formatting. Other important things to observe are the photos and videos published which will generally be manipulated to spread fake information. Observe the dates which may give away fake news as they are falsified sometimes. The ownership of the medium of news gives a fair idea of the trustworthiness of the publishers. Watch or read other sources and if the news item is not reported in other media, be cautious about such news.
Having said all these, I suggest that you use your own good judgment before believing any news. Develop the scientific temper to judge on your own which is genuine and which is fake.