Prudent Tips to Spot Fake News

Prudent Tips to Spot Fake News

Although a newspaper rarely commits the crime of misleading its readers, online web portals for news broadcasting intentionally write false, but humorous stories that readers could fall for. The increase in the use of social media can be blamed for this faux news because it takes just a few shares to make a news viral. Someone said it right, ‘anything that goes online is immortal.’ The question now is, how can you ensure that your piece of news is unbiased and not bamboozled? Read on to find out these tips.

Keep a check on your facts

Some sources are too misleading and can make one think of a particular news to be too good or bad to be true. Instead of simply relying on that source, it is always prudent to check for evidence related to that news before deciding and spreading the word online. Most of the times, it is because of us who share a news without checking its source. And, this leads to spreading of false news. Such stories may only be clickbaits that you should avoid. Try being more intuitive with proof to understand the logic behind posts online. You cannot just trust anything that you read, unless there is hard evidence.

Act smart and compare the news with reputed sources

Any significant news is usually covered by reputed sources as well. So, you might come across a news that you find fascinating, but is not from a known source. It is better to dig deep into it by searching it online. If you are able to find similar stories on renowned websites like Forbes or Huffington Post, then you can consider it a genuine news story. Simply believing something on a new website that you have come across may not actually be a true story. However, not all websites are providing with fake news. Some websites like are trusted and reliable sources for the daily dose of news.

Don’t believe in future disaster news

The whole idea behind posting faux news is to attract readers. More often, the news will be bizarre and talk of a prediction about an upcoming disaster. Such false stories are mostly shared by people on social media websites, creating havoc in the minds of irrational people. So, it is better to think logically and understand that future predictions for disasters is not possible.

Read the Disclaimer

Some websites offer a disclaimer. It informs readers that the kind of news and stories they share on their website may not be true. This message can help one figure out whether such a website can be trusted or not for actual news.

Back in the days, the news was broadcasted via the radios, which unlike today is easily published on so many online sources. We cannot stop fake news from being born everyday. But we can make sure that any such news is not spreading among family and friends without learning of their authenticity.

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