Fake News Vs. Real News

As our generation is using social media to educate others about what is happening in their community, there has been a controversy about the difference between fake and real news. There are many social media pages that post? Are there any sources and are the sources trustworthy?

When trying to figure out the difference between fake and real news, there should be a list of questions that you need to ask yourself before assuming the information is right. For example, there are memes on Instagram that say a celebrity died when in reality they are still alive. False information can misinform people and make them angry. Anger will lead to people mistrusting the actual news stations.

Our generation can not afford to have a disbelief in news reporters or news stations when they are supposed to inform us when we are in danger or if anything positive is happening in our community. Instead, there is a list of questions that you should ask yourself when evaluating information that you may come across on social media or any news outlet:


  1. Is the person who published this information trustworthy?

When a news article is trustworthy, there will be no bias information. The author will cite his or her sources in their information. You should be able to identify where they received their information. As you read the article, you have to determine whether there is more fact than opinion present. You should not see which side of the argument the author makes in the article, instead, there will be more factual information.

  1. Is the information accurate?

When you search up information on google, it should be similar to other articles. The information should be similar when relating to certain facts, yet it should not be identical. For example, one article should not say a person died on May 26, 2019, when in fact they passed on June 30, 2016. 

  1. Are there any sources?

You can not believe anything on social media if there are no sources present. There has to be evidence that the information is true by someone else. If a source is not present, then you will have a harder time proving that the information you are reading is accurate. In most articles, there is usually a source, because they are bystanders present in most stories. For example, when a reporter talks about a crime that took place in your neighborhood, there are usually people that were present at the time to talk about what happened. In that instance, the source is reliable because they were present at the crime scene.

  1. Is the information timely?

If you trying to make a decision based on when the information was published, then you should definitely be asking yourself this question. You should always look at when the date was published, so you understand if the information is accurate based on the day it was posted. It is important to notice if the information is updated monthly or even weekly.

Asking yourself these four questions will help you determine if you are reading fake or real news. 

Once you learn how to evaluate news articles, you will learn which news station or journalist to listen to or watch. There are certain news stations that are more credible than others, due to their bias. For example, Fox News has more biased information than CBS, which explains why more people trust CBS.

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Which news station do you trust? Is it easy or difficult for you to listen to news reporters? How would you change the way people present news? Do you always believe what you see on social media or do you question it first?