Top Tips to Check Whether News is Fake or Fact

Conspiracy theories, false information, and photo-shopped images, as Covid-19 spreads, so does the fake news.

Social Media giants are struggling to keep-up as they work with the government’s rapid response unit trying to crack down on misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

Trying to distinguish fact from fiction is increasingly difficult, especially when world leaders have repeated inaccuracies to their millions of followers.

Ruth Sparkes editor of teen magazine, Future Mag give us some top tips on identifying when we’re being fed fake news – here are her top tips…

Where did the info come from?

Look at the publication or site and look at its other stories – consider whether there is any other possible dodgy content.

Is it current?

Sometimes a story from years ago can be re used to give the impression of ‘new’ news.

Look closer

Check whether the story has been published on other credible sites.

What’s underneath the headline?

Some publications and websites use ‘click-bait’ headlines as a way to encourage you to ‘click’ on the story. 

Sometimes the actual story bears no resemblance to its headline.

Research the author

If the article has a writer’s byline – Google them or checkout their social media accounts to see what other articles they’ve written, and to work out whether they might have a hidden agenda or a particular line to push.

And lastly,

Check the facts

There are some great fact-checking websites such as fullfact.org and snopes.com to use when you’re really not sure about a story.