A headline that evokes a strong emotion. Does the headline make you feel angry, upset, thrilled, indignant?
An author with multiple aliases or false claims to journalism awards, recognition, etc
Story refers incorrectly to real sources or refers to false sources
Dated information. Some fake news articles take dated information out of context and tailor it to their headlines.
Satire. Many satirical news articles are misinterpreted as credible news sources. Make sure that what you're reading isn't satirical.
Viral Fake News
This story about Democrats imposing Sharia Law is an example of fake news that went viral. Pay attention to elements of this story that are characteristic of fake news.
Can You Spot the Fake News?
One of these images appears to be credible and the other is questionable. Can you use our tips from the "Tips for Spotting Fake News" page to decide which image is likely a hoax and which is from a credible source? Why did you come to this conclusion?