Click Bait: Don't get Reeled in by Fake News

Flowchart your way to the truth!

Don't let your news be as fake as this bitmoji...

By Taylor Robinson

We hear about fake news all the time, but do you ever stop to think that maybe you could be contributing? Studies suggest that 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source (The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism). So if you share news on social media, you should feel obligated to spread accurate and reliable news to your peers so you don’t end up being “that person”. Follow the flowchart below to decide whether or not you should click “Share”.

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The most important question to ask is whether or not it feels right. More often than not, if your gut is telling you that a site looks suspicious, it probably is. If something sounds too incredible, it is likely to be non-credible. Even if the news is technically correct, it is better to find and share from a reputable source than from a non-reputable one. Sharing good news from bad websites can strengthen their number of viewers and lead to more “fake news”. In order to help you not be “that person,” we posted a list of reliable fact-checking sites because, if you’re still not sure about some claim you’ve come across, best to investigate further.

Social media can be used as a powerful tool for contributing to the political dialogue. So stay vigilant for spotting fake news, always read the entire article before sharing, and make sure your political voice is grounded in truth.