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Fake News: PRACTICE CHECKING CLAIMS

Avoid Fake News: Tips for Fact Checking

1. When you open up a news article in your browser, open a second, empty tab.  Use that second window to look up claims, author credentials and organizations that you come across in the article.

2. Fake news spans across all kinds of media - printed and online articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, radio shows, even still images. Be prepared to double-check everything.

2. Beware of confirmation bias.  Just because you might agree with what an article is saying doesn't mean it's true.

As Mad-Eye Moody said in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "Constant Vigilance!"  Always be ready to fact check.

4. Even the best researchers will be fooled once in a while.  If you find yourself fooled by a fake news story, use your experience as a learning tool.

Other Claims to Examine

Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?

Quick Exercise: Compare These 2 Links.

Which One Do You Think Is True?
#1: 1 votes (5.88%)
#2: 16 votes (94.12%)
Total Votes: 17

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