How to identify fake news?
Fake news is nothing new. It is as old as the news industry itself—misinformation, hoaxes, propaganda, and satire have long been in existence. But today it has only become uncontrollable because of the fact that how easy it’s become to share information – both true and false – on a massive scale. With the rise of Social media platforms, finding the source of the information has become increasingly difficult and the chances of it catching the attention of masses have had huge impacts on our fabric of society.
Some people may begin to accept that they no longer need proof to back up their contentions. Others begin to doubt data altogether. They quit tuning in to proper reports, and withdraw from legitimate correspondence, eventually harming the culture.
How to stop disseminating fake news?
1. Think before you share. Read the whole piece before you choose whether or not to share.
2. Check a far-fetched story. Critically ponder over the facts and one can find where the truth has been twisted. Because a fake is often formulated to be sound believable.
3. Install B.S. Detector, a browser extension that identifies stories from sites that produce clickbait, fake news, and other suspect stories.
Here’s a list of tools you can use on a regular basis to fact check a piece of information.
For fact checking:
For verifying Webpage History:
For images, use:
Google Reverse Image Search
Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer
TinEye Reverse Image Search