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In a time when information is overwhelming, it is important for librarians and other information professionals to be vigilant about the information they share and be prepared to guide others to the best information out there.

Right now, many websites and other media outlets are capitalizing by writing misleading headlines, exaggerating or falsifying information, or flat out inventing “news.”  Also, many satire and joke news outlets consistently get confused for real news when shared on social media.

The International Federation of Library Associations put together this great infographic, based on this article from Fact Check.org, that shares a eight things we can all be doing to spot fake news:

How to Spot Fake News

It might be useful to have a few fact-checking websites bookmarked for easy reference.  New York Public Library recommends these useful fact-checking websites:

Snopes: One of the oldest, most reliable fact-checking sites on the web. Updated throughout the day to debunk fake news, hoaxes, and misinformation.
Politifact: A fact-checking initiative from the Poynter Institute.
ProPublica: An independent journalism non-profit.

Find more information about spotting fake news here:
https://www.factcheck.org/2016/11/how-to-spot-fake-news/
https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/primers/fake-news-primer/
https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/04/07/how-spot-fake-news-social-media

-Submitted by Rachel Metzler, WVLS