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WHO'S BEHIND THE INFORMATION?

Are there politcal incentives?

WHAT EVIDENCE IS PRESENTED?

WHAT ARE OTHER SOURCES SAYING?

Do they have a bio?

Is this a real newsite?

Are there credible sources?

Have they provided hyper links?

Attempt a reverse image search

Search keywords for other sources

ASK YOURSELF...

One of the easiest ways to distinguish between a real news site and a fake news site checking for a byline. If the author is not available to the public, it's likely because they didn't want to get caught spreading misinformation.

Is the author associated with a particular political party? Is the story approved by a specific politician?

Copy and paste the link to an image or drag the actual image itself into Google Images to search for more information regarding the image such as the date and location it was taken on and if the image was cropped or taken out of context.

Stories with hyper links are often more creditable because they are providing you with links to studies that display their evidence, whereas other articles may not showcase any examples.

Who conducted the studies or provided the author with evidence? Did the author correctly interpret the information?

Open up a second tab and quickly search the key words from the article you were reading to find other sources so you can compare and form a solid opinion.

Does the other have other creditable publications or is their writing primarily published on a blog or something of that sort?