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Be skeptical of headlines. False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are.
Look closely at the URL. A phony or look-alike URL may be a warning sign of false news. Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL. You can go to the site to compare the URL to established sources.
Investigate the source. Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy. If the story comes from an unfamiliar organization, check their "About" section to learn more.
Watch for unusual formatting. Many false news sites have misspellings or awkward layouts. Read carefully if you see these signs.
Consider the photos. False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos. Sometimes the photo may be authentic, but taken out of context. You can search for the photo or image to verify where it came from.
Inspect the dates. False news stories may contain timelines that make no sense, or event dates that have been altered.
Check the evidence. Check the author's sources to confirm that they are accurate. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.
Look at other reports. If no other news source is reporting the same story, it may indicate that the story is false. If the story is reported by multiple sources you trust, it's more likely to be true.
Is the story a joke? Sometimes false news stories can be hard to distinguish from humor or satire. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may be just for fun.
Some stories are intentionally false. Think critically about the stories you read, and only share news that you know to be credible.
and they tell you how to report if you suspect fake news
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If the originating network has CNN, CBS, MSNBC or NYT in the URL it is likely fake news.
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Some people care more about whether it's their party's news as opposed to fake vs factual...

These are also typically the people who have a problem with "fact checkers" in general. Whether it be complaining about the fact checkers as a group or opposing any fact checking group (individually) that exists...
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[quote=foundit66;881991]Some people care more about whether it's their party's news as opposed to fake vs factual...



Yeah I know what you mean, like the lefties here constantly saying Faux news?
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If the originating network has CNN, CBS, MSNBC or NYT in the URL it is likely fake news.
or foxnews
why you would assume lib leaning is more dishonest than con leaning is telling.
all cable news is agenda driven. some is real- just enough to hook you in
the rest is up to you but blatant 'fakers' are the memes w nothing to back them up and rag mags like brietbart and huffpo
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or foxnews
why you would assume lib leaning is more dishonest than con leaning is telling.
all cable news is agenda driven. some is real- just enough to hook you in
the rest is up to you but blatant 'fakers' are the memes w nothing to back them up and rag mags like brietbart and huffpo
I think we all need to realize that the media, and politicians only tell us what the want us to think. All should be scrutinized.
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I think we all need to realize that the media, and politicians only tell us what the want us to think. All should be scrutinized.
cant argue there
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Yeah I know what you mean, like the lefties here constantly saying Faux news?
I personally don't understand it when some people on the left shoot the messenger regarding Fox News. I personally think they've got a bias, but that doesn't invalidate any facts presented by Fox News.
If what they're saying isn't factual, it's better to expose that rather than blindly shoot the messenger.

Fox News typically does present facts (in their news).
If there is an opinion present along with it, it's smarter to address it as such instead of just shooting the messenger.
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I personally don't understand it when some people on the left shoot the messenger regarding Fox News. I personally think they've got a bias, but that doesn't invalidate any facts presented by Fox News.
If what they're saying isn't factual, it's better to expose that rather than blindly shoot the messenger.

Fox News typically does present facts (in their news).
If there is an opinion present along with it, it's smarter to address it as such instead of just shooting the messenger.
I'll admit they have gotten a little bit better about facts instead of claims. The using selective facts issue to build a tit sucking narrative, I'll wait to see.
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Tons of irony in fb giving advice on how to spot fake news.

#1 on their list should be, "Avoid getting your news from fb."
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