How to spot fake news on Facebook

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Facebook has launched a campaign in the UK to raise awareness around fake news.

The campaign included advertisements in newspapers, including The Times and The Guardian.

The UK will hold a general election on 8 June 2017, where members of parliament will be elected to the House of Commons.

Allegations that fake news played a role in the US presidential elections has seen Facebook working to combat the problem on its platform.

Its campaign in the UK provides tips on how to spot fake news, as listed below.

  • Be skeptical of catchy, sensational, and unbelievable headlines.
  • Look closely at the URL – a “lookalike” URL may be a warning sign of false news.
  • Investigate the source of the article.
  • Watch for misspellings or awkward layouts.
  • False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos.
  • Inspect the dates.
  • Check the evidence and the author’s sources.
  • Look for other reports on the subject.
  • Check whether the source is known for parody.
  • Think critically about the stories you share.

This article first appeared on MyBroadband and is republished with permission.

Now read: Google fights fake news with Fact Check label

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  • pmurgs

    The irony that Facebook censors some news quite blatantly yet wants you to believe their intention is for you to be accurately educated…. sigh.

How to spot fake news on Facebook

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