Fact or Faked: Tools for Spotting Fake News

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Before the election the issue of fake news was on few peoples’ radar. Since the election it has become clear that fake news sites are out there, their content is shared widely, and they create an environment where it is nearly impossible to tell fact from fiction.

62% of Americans get at least some news from social media. While Facebook and Google are looking into how they can limit the reach and impact of fake news sites you are still likely to come across news stories with very little basis in fact. Or unbelievable headlines that don’t describe the story they are linked with (click-bait).

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Here are a few things you can do to keep the spread of fake news down to a minimum:

Fact-check. The most time-consuming of the suggested actions but also the most effective. With some practice it becomes easier to identify fake news. Here are some…

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