People around the world use social media websites and applications as a way of being updated with the latest and the hottest issues. Nowadays, online writers or bloggers explore and write about the most random topics. And to attract more viewers or followers, people tend to fabricate stories online. Fake news is a pressing worldwide issue, affecting people from all walks of life and groups of different advocacies. The spread of fake news has also become consequential for Non-profit organizations in Indianapolis, Indiana. So how will you know if an article is made out of fake news?
Is the publisher credible?
Look at the owner of the website or blog post. Does the publishing site have a headquarters or office somewhere? Are there details about the creation of the article (e.g. time, date, writer or by-line)? Are there any alternative ways to contact the writers? Read the ‘About Us’ corner of the website and learn more about the publishing site’s point of view and goals. Or, you may check search engines to see if there are other websites with the same name as the publishing site of the article. For instance, there are several websites trying to mimic the appearance of real and credible media outlets. Other websites also recycle news stories that have already happened in the past. These websites are often the purveyors of fake news.
Check the content.
Does the whole article have a logical order? Sometimes, fake news contains an illogical sequence of words, mixing up the introduction, body, and conclusion in several ways. In addition, you should check for grammatical errors. Credible publishing sites always proofread their content before posting it online. They also make sure to post factual content supported by scientific studies, statistical data, books, journals, and other actual sources. They may cite these references at the bottom of the article or provide the sources in between sentences.
Use a fact-checking website.
There are many websites you can use to check the credibility of publishing sites or blogs. According to www.summer.harvard.edu, you can use FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, or Snopes.com to detect fake news.
Always check the content and the sources of a blog post or article before directly believing it. Fake news is all around the Internet, so you better be careful before sharing it. Never spread something that isn’t true so as not to affect others. GIANTABILITY is a Religious Organization in Indianapolis, Indiana. Giantability TV is the media arm of our organization and we provide informative, reliable, and entertaining programs to the community, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.
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