A Hoax-Slayer Knowledge Guide
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
Over recent years, more and more fake-news websites have appeared online. These sites publish articles that - for the most part - are simply made up by their authors.
The stories may use the names of real people and reference real events but are fictional nevertheless.
Many of the stories tend to spread rapidly via social media in the form of brief messages comprising a headline, introductory text, and a link back to the full report.
These fake-news sites tend to palm themselves off as satirical or for 'entertainment purposes only'. The problem is that their fictional stories are deliberately presented as news articles. The sites are formatted so that they resemble genuine online news portals.
Thus, many people are fooled into believing that the stories are genuine and factual. And, they are therefore more likely to share the stories via social media thereby spreading the nonsense even further.
Here are a few ways that can help you identify a fake-news article:
Check Real News Sites
The absence of any references to the story on genuine news websites should certainly raise a red flag.
Check Other Stories on The Site
Check for Disclaimer
Unfortunately, not all such sites include a disclaimer. Nevertheless, if you suspect that a news article that you are reading may be untrue, it is worth checking for a disclaimer.
Check Reports of Site on Other Websites
List of Fake-News Websites
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Last updated: July 23, 2014
First published: July 23, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen