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Practice makes perfect
Use the tips throughout this guide to check your own claim, or use one of the claims listed below for practice. Remember, fake news articles may fall under multiple categories and might even mix in a few facts amid their falsehoods.
Quick and simple debunking exercise
Select a claim to examine
CRAAP Test for Information Evaluation
A brief outline of criteria suitable for evaluating print and online material. While still useful, this is now less helpful in the age of social media and fabricated stories and images.
Media Literacy Questions
Use as a supplement to the CRAAP test to evaluate and assess claims found on the web and social media.
Other tips for fact-checking and avoiding fake news
- When you open up a news article in your browser, open a second, empty tab. Use that second window to look up claims, author credentials and organizations that you come across in the article.
- Fake news spans across all kinds of media - printed and online articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, radio shows, even still images.
- As Mad-Eye Moody said in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "Constant Vigilance!" Always be ready to fact-check.
- Even the best researchers will be fooled once in a while. If you find yourself fooled by a fake news story, use your experience as a learning tool.
Fake News Game
The game's interface mimics the dating app Tinder, which made swiping famous. On a phone, players swipe left when they think the article in front of them is fake, and right when they believe it's real.
Depending on how you swipe, Factitious provides feedback.