So what is fake news? Why does it exist and why is it so believable?
Fake news usually is created to mislead readers for specific purposes such as financial gain through web traffic or to persuade or further specific viewpoints. Because of this, it is important to think critically about all the information we read, hear, and see. Bias is often present in all news, but fake news can be especially biased toward specific viewpoints.
What can we do? Check the facts.
Use these checklists to begin to separate fact from the fake.
If you're not sure, we're always here to help. You can always ask a librarian to help you verify facts.
These websites check the facts on popular news stories, political speeches, and promises made by politicians.
Use the tutorials below to learn how to evaluate sources and spot bias in everyday news items.