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Evaluating News Sources

Spot fake news from real news with this guide.

How to spot fake news

There are a number of steps you can take to spot fake news sources, including misinformation and disinformation. The steps outlined in the University of Louisville Libraries video below are a great starting point.

Fact-checking websites & tools

The websites and tools listed below are freely available and help you to verify and better determine if a news source is fake.

The role of social media & filter bubbles

Fake news and information without sources can go viral in the blink of an eye on social media, especially given the "filter bubbles" created by different platforms. Be wary of anything you see that comes up in your social media feeds. Check dates, verify sources, look for bias, and read carefully before you share that next news post! 

Social Media & Verified Accounts

Social media platforms frequently use "verified" images to help you identify official, legitimate accounts for politicians, businesses, and other famous persons. The links below can help you better understand the verification steps for each social media platform.

The video below, a TED Talk from Eli Pariser, is about how filter bubbles impact your media feeds.