Today, more and more news continues to spread out in televisions, and even more likely in social media. Mixed with different stories, some are true, too good to be true, some are just opinions, and some are really considered fake.
The question is, how are this news to be spread out so easily and are being accepted by a lot of people- especially that of social media? The definite answer would be… people can’t spot fake news.
With all that, let us know a few tips on how to spot fake news online.
Why Fake News is Viral
One is truth and one is fake, but more often than not, the fakes ones are more likely to get viral. But why is that?
Fake news will always be a mixture of fair, well-researched, and factual reporting… Indeed, these are stories that seemed accurate, too good to be true but actually turned out to be downright false. FAKE.
Eventually, it turns out that the main reason why fake news is easily spread out because it is eye-popping in the social media feed, it makes it easier for people to share it without even reading its full content. Yes, you got that right, they only read the lines between the headlines, react and share it.
The result? simply ignorance. But don’t worry, here’s how you can spot it.
1 See the credibility of the publisher,
2 Pay attention to quality and timeliness,
3 Read its full content and pay attention to read between the lines. What does it really say? Oftentimes, if it is too good to be true, then it is really too good to be true.
4 Check sources and citations. The author always has to justify their research. And lastly,
5 Ask the Pros.