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Use This Checklist To Find Out If You’re Looking At Fake News

It puts the funk in debunk.

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  1. Check all that apply and we'll help figure out if you're looking at something dodgy.

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    Note that this is not 100% foolproof — use the result as guidance. You always need to decide for yourself.

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    The headline uses ALL CAPS
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    The headline makes a claim or statement that is not backed up by any of the info the story itself.
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    The author is not listed, or they use a pseudonym.
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    The site does not have an About page, or the page doesn't clearly say who is behind it.
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    You click on the About or Disclaimer page and it says the site is a "fantasy news" site or a satire site, or some other description that tells you some or all of what it publishes is not true.
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    The story doesn't have any links.
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    The story has links, but they don't go to credible sources you're familiar with, or they take you to homepages rather than specific articles.
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    There are no other stories about this same story/claim in Google News.
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    The URL pretends to be a real news site, like ABCNews.com.co.
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    You Google the URL and get a result from Snopes.com that was false.

Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

Contact Craig Silverman at craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com.

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