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How not to get sucked in by fake news

These days, fake news is becoming more and more common. But how can you stop yourself from being sucked in by it?

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As much as we’d all love to know that everything we read has been reported factually and honestly, that’s not always the case. These days, fake news is becoming more and more common (as you can see from the infographic below).

But how can you stop yourself from being sucked in by it?

TRUST THE PUBLICATION YOU’RE READING

One of the best ways to make sure that you’re only taking in news and information that is real and true, is to make sure that you’re only reading trustworthy sources. If you’re on a website for a major news anchor or publication, you’re probably safe. A new blog or site you’ve never heard of? You may be at risk.

BE MINDFUL OF CLICKBAIT TITLES

Another huge feature of fake news can be seen in the title. Does that title sound too good to be true? Is it incredible sensational? Then it’s probably just clickbait. Some websites will publish fake news to get clicks and drive advertising revenue, so don’t fall into the trap!

USE YOUR LOGIC

And when it comes to the content, just make sure that you’re using your logic. Did this really happen? Have major news outlets reported the same story? Do key experts and sources comment on the subject? If not, then you may be reading fake news.

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For more information on fake news, how to spot it, and why it is reported, take a look at the infographic below.


Infographic Design By USC

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