Real News or Fake News?
How to spot fake news
If you want to try to make sure that you don't get caught out by fake news, there a few things you can look out for.
- Has the story been reported anywhere else?
- Is it on the radio, TV or in the newspapers?
- Have you heard of the organisation that published the story?
- Does the website where you found the story look genuine? (meaning it doesn't look like a copycat website that's designed to look like another genuine website)
- Does the website address at the very top of the page look real? Is the end of the website something normal like '.co.uk' or '.com', and not something unusual, like 'com.co'?
- Does the photo or video look normal?
- Does the story sound believable?
If the answer to any of these questions is 'no', you might want to check it out a bit more, before spreading the word.
If you're at all unsure, speak to an adult that you trust about the story to find out a bit more about it.
Can you spot the real news and the fake news?
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