News You Can Use | Reality Check

News You Can Use | Reality Check


The Internet is like a giant library that
catalogues millions of new publications every second. But how do you know if what you’re reading
is fiction or non-fiction? Thanks to the mind-boggling speed of the Internet,
false news and misinformation can spread fast. Here are three tips for making sure that what
you’re looking at is real. First, search for the original story. Look it over to see if it’s been reprinted
or gathered from somewhere else. Check to see if the original author or creator
actually exists and has a good track record for accuracy. If you’re still skeptical, turn to a professional
fact-checking site, or add the words “hoax” or “scam” to an Internet search. Finally, remember that even legitimate media
outlets make mistakes in the rush to get a story out. So, before you share that news story, ask
yourself: “How will people act on this?” and “What could happen if I’m wrong?” Help the world stop false news in its tracks.

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