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Making Sure It’s Real

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How can one make sure it’s real?

With fake news being spread all over the internet until now, and despite every country’s efforts in stopping this from happening, how can one make sure that a news article or a web article is real?

Here are some ways to know:

  • Check the sources. Fake news is typically characterized by its lack of good sources, which can either be another fake news source or a non-existent source; or not having sources anywhere, which can make one question the news’ credibility and legitimacy. Always check the sources for any signs of fake news.
  • Be mindful with redirection. Fake news is also characterized by its seemingly harmless redirection, which can either be a malware itself or a phishing method by getting information on your computer and using this information to commit serious violations without you knowing. Always be mindful with redirections.
  • Check the facts. Fake news, especially those being spread until now, somehow makes a lie into a truth. Always check the facts before letting anyone know about the news. You can even use the recently launched Google Fact Checker to help you differentiate what are lies and what are truths in today’s age.
  • Don’t be confused. Let’s say, there’s news about single-serve blenders being too expensive and complicated to use. However, other news articles (like mentions affordably priced and easy-to-use single-serve blenders. Which is which? You get the point.
  • Trust your gut. If something tells you it’s not right, it usually is not right. Trust your gut if a news article mentions a suspicious fact or even a sinister one. It’s better to leave it alone, rather than letting yourself fall into a trap. You’ll never know, someone has already gotten your information and is on his/her way to make your life complicated.
  • Don’t give out any information. Another characteristic of fake news is making you give out information you’re not supposed to let anyone know. It even asks some people to give out their credit information on another link to prevent this or that from happening. Don’t give out any information, unless it’s proved legitimate.

In conclusion, making sure it’s real – making sure that a news article or a web article is real is not that hard. All one needs to do is to be mindful about anything that seems off, as well as be more aware on what’s truly happening around him/her.

Do you know any other ways to know if a news article or a web article is real? Share them with us on the comments section below!

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