Some Tips on How to Spot Fake News, according to Facebook

Wednesday, 16-June-2021 11:30

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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – The rampant growth and circulation of false, fake, or hoax news on the internet and social networks have caused Facebook to provide a guide on distinguishing these kinds of news to its social network users worldwide.

"We dug a way to give people more context about the events, thus helping them take a decision about what to read, believe, share, and give access to more of the perspectives of the topics they are reading," said Adam Mosseri of Facebook, as reported by Telegraph.

Below are some of the tips shared by Facebook on how to spot fake or false news:

1. Doubt the title

Titles of false news are usually made to be interesting, using capital letters and exclamation points. Sometimes the facts written in the titles are dubious.

2. Note the URL

Many false news mimic the official news source by giving a slight change in the URL. Compare the URL provided by official news sources.

3. Check the date

False news could use an unreasonable time or date that is not appropriate.

4. Check the evidence

Check written sources to ascertain the truth. Lack of evidence or no information on the name of the source may indicate false news.

5. Compare with other news

If there are no other news sites reporting the same thing, it could be a fake news.

6. Jokes

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish fake news from articles on humor or jokes. Check whether the source of the famous news is real or humor. Read the fine details of the story and note whether the tone of writing is aiming for a joke.

7. Critical Thinking

Some news are deliberately not appropriate. Think carefully about the news you read and then share only the articles that you believe are reliable.

8. Check the source

Make sure that the news comes from a source that is known for accuracy. When you come from sites you have never heard of, check in the section titled "About" or "About Us" to recognize it.

9. The format should be clear

Some of the fake news use bad spelling or many grammar mistake, and also have unusual layouts.

10. Check the photo

False news often use manipulated images or videos. Sometimes, the picture is real but not in accordance with context. Use search engines to find out the origin of the photograph.

Reporter : turkhan
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