Fake news has been around for a long time, but the evolution of the 24-hour news cycle, global connectivity, and social media have increased the use of it. Find out how to spot fake news and avoid the pitfalls of researching in the age of misinformation by watching the video below.
You might also like to take a look at this infographic produced by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) which provides ways to evaluate the validity of online news sources.
Steps to combat misinformation
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Look for visual clues. Fake news stories often have poor visuals, an unprofessional design, and photoshopped images.
If a story makes you suspicious or angry, dig deeper by using your research skills and critical analysis. Look for multiple credible sources that prove or refute the story. Ask yourself: how is this being reported elsewhere?