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It is so easy for someone to create their own blog or website and start pumping out any type of content they want. While this can be great news for an aspiring blogger, it also means that fake news sites have been running rampant. I’m sure you’ve all seen it before: one of those incredibly emotionally evoking articles that make you think, “Wow, how can this be true?”
Most of the time, it actually isn’t. These fake news sites have capitalized on tugging on its readers’ emotions with seriously troubling news that has been completely fabricated. Because so many critics have suggested that these fake news sites (and the social networks they were spread on) have had such a huge hand in shaping politics over the last year, Facebook is trying to do something about it.
You may have seen this alert at the top of your Facebook news feed recently. The social media giant has been giving all of its users tips on how to decipher between real news and fake news to help decrease the virality of these faux news articles. Here are a few ways to tell if an article has been made up:
Make sure you do each of these things before sharing the article so that you know you’re sharing a legitimate news story.