We must continue to work to overcome the spread of false news or hoaxes, specifically to participate in protecting and maintaining integrity.
Therefore, seriousness in dealing with the spread of hoaxes and has put efforts against misinformation as one of our top priorities.
In reducing the spread of this hoax, the content review team, and conducted various series of educational programs around news literacy.
On this occasion, we will provide 10 tips that can be practiced to identify fake news or hoaxes on online media and social media.
1. Be skeptical of the title
Fake news stories often have bombastic titles with capital letters with exclamation marks. If the title seems surprising and cannot be trusted, then chances are it is.
2. Look carefully at the URL
Fake URLs or made similar to the original could be a warning sign of fake news. Many fake news sites pretend to be authentic news sources by slightly changing the URL address. You can open the site and compare the URL address with a trusted source.
3. Investigate the source
Make sure the news is written by sources that you believe have a good reputation for accuracy. If the news is from an unknown organization, read the “About” section on their site to learn more.
4. Pay attention to the unusual format
Many fake news sites are misspelled or have an awkward layout. Read carefully to see these signs.
5. Check the photo
Fake news often contains manipulated images or videos. Sometimes the photo is indeed original, but the context is different. You can browse these photos or images to find out where they came from.
6. Check the date
Fake news may contain timelines that don’t make sense, or the date of an event that has been altered.
7. Check the proof
Check the author’s information source for information on its accuracy. Lack of evidence or dependence on unnamed experts can indicate false news.
8. See other reports
If there are no other news sources that report the same news, it can indicate that the news is fake. If the news is reported by several sources that you trust, then it is likely that the news is true.
9. Is the news just a joke?
Sometimes fake news is difficult to distinguish from humor or innuendo. Check whether the source is usually displaying parody, and whether the details of the story and tone indicate that the news is merely a joke.
10. Some news deliberately falsified
Think critically about the news that you read and only share news that you know can be trusted.
Fake news has become a worrying phenomenon throughout the world. We all realize that we cannot overcome the spread of false news alone.