With today’s convenience on getting information through the use of internet, we should be getting factual and reliable resources of information. However, since some of it can be manipulated and misquoted, it is not that easy to determine which information is real. Fake news is rampant nowadays because of the misinformation. But how can we determine which is real and which is fake?
Fake news, according to an article posted by Mind Tools, have two types – stories that aren’t true which are usually made-up to gain the attention of other people while the other one are stories that have some truth but aren’t 100 % accurate which are usually misquoted or an honest mistake in sharing a not accurate information. Most of the time, sharing of fake news is widespread in social media platforms. Because of its accessibility, anyone can share their thoughts and can post anything without checking the real source. At the same time, it is harder to determine the original source because anyone can just copy and paste it anywhere on their social media accounts.
Separating fake news from real can constrain a lot of work but finding accurate information can be helpful to anyone. Based on the article, there are six ways to determine fake news. The first one is to develop a critical mind-set. Fake news at times can be posted for a hidden agenda. We should analyse what is the purpose of the information being shared. If you are sceptical, you can just easily use the internet on researching if it is true or not and that should be your second step – checking the source if it is reliable. If the website is not that familiar to you, you can check some of its spelling, its URL or even its previous post of how often they share information on their site. The third one is to see who else is reporting the story. By checking reliable sources, you can check different news website if they have the same information. It is still reliable to check on main stream media rather than checking blogs and it is advisable to check on official websites of different organizations and agencies to avoid getting wrong information. Next, the fourth way is to examine the evidence. Real and credible news have complete details like who quoted a certain statement or provide witness on a given situation. It also gives fact-finding report which includes data, research or statistics. The fifth way is to not take images at face value. Sometimes, news with images is enticing, but that doesn’t mean that it is already trustworthy. It is now easy to just edit photos and to create ones with disinformation so make sure to check the photo quality if it has been downloaded for many times. Lastly, the six one is to use your common sense. Most of the time, fake news are designed to mislead people, to damage an entity or to even create publicity.
Some people believe that sharing as much as information can be good, but sometimes it can be dangerous especially if it is not true. We should be aware on what we share especially on social media sites where it can go viral in just a span of time. We should be hold accountable on for the purpose of giving correct, true, and reliable information to everyone.