How to Spot Fake News
Consider the source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
Read beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
Check the author: Do a quick search on the author: Are they credible? Are they real?
Supporting sources? Click on those links. Determine if the info. given actually supports the story.
Check the date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
Is it a joke? If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
Check your biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment.
Ask the experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact checking site.
Source: IFLA International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions