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Fake News: Home

Be a smarter news consumer. Tips for assessing quality and accuracy in reporting.

The Problem

Most Americans Who See Fake News Believe It, New Survey Says

The new data comes from an online survey of 3,015 U.S. adults conducted between November 28 and December 1, 2016.  Read about the study conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for BuzzFeed News. A detailed summary of results to all questions can be found here.  

Case Studies in Fake News

How to Spot Fake News

How to Spot Fake News

Image Source: "How to Spot Fake News" by IFLA is CC BY 4.0

Questions to Ask

  • Have I read at least three different articles about this topic? Do the facts match up in each article
  • Does this article indicate its sources: are there quotes from eyewitnesses, subject experts, elected officials, or policy makers?
  • What kind of information source is this: breaking news? Commentary on an event? Opinion or analysis?
  • When was this published?
  • Who is the publisher? What is their publication track record?