The fake news stories are increasing over social media at a considerable rate. Moreover, it brings ill fame to the internet media. Since, almost all the stories are shared on Facebook, so Facebook wrote an article suggesting the way to spot fake news. They gave 10 tips to spot the false stories and today we have brought them to you. So let us learn how to tell if a news story is false of real.
1. Be skeptical of headlines
The headlines of the fake news are flashy. As the motive of these news is to arrest your attention. Moreover, they state something that is less probable to happen.
2. Look closely at the URL
You can check the URL of the news. If you think that the URL is not genuine, majority of chances that it is fake news, designed as click bait.
3. Investigate The Source
Make sure that the source of the story is reliable. It should be well reputed. Moreover, if you see a reputed name in the in the source then you can trust or if you see some weird address like “fhdhfkjsdhfkdshfkdshfksdhfsk.com”, do not trust the news.
4. Watch For Unusual Formatting
The false news is written carelessly. You can spot the ill mannered formatting in it. Moreover, there will be several grammatical or spelling errors.
5. Consider The Photos
The fake news often contains morphed or manipulated images or videos. To know about the authenticity of the image, you can search for the image on Google or check the source.
6. Inspect The Dates
Fake news got fake dates. It will take a while for checking the credibility of the news. You can cross check the dates to on Google.
7. Check The Evidence
Always check the sources that the author mentioned. If there are fewer sources, there are majority of chances that the news is false.
8. Look At Other Reports
Search the news on Google. It is the beauty of social media that you will find the legit news on multiple sites. If you see the news on some of the well reputed sites then you can trust in the news.
9. Is The Story A Joke?
Sometimes the false story seems like a joke. Each line has a few punches that add the sarcastic flavor to it. The news can be a self made story by the writer so you need to check the news on Google.
10. Some Stories Are Intentionally False
The false stories are used as baits to get more clicks for the websites. So, think critically before sharing it with your friend.
These false news distributers are turning the internet media into a less reliable stuff. So we should know how to tell real from the fakers. Share these tips to all your friends and if you know any other way to check the credibility of news, please share with us. Now sharing fake posts on Facebook and Whatsapp admin will land in jail, read the full story here.