3. verify your news with multiple sources
If you have doubts about an article, do a quick search for it on any search engine and see what pops up. If there are multiple sources posting the same news, especially on different platforms (i.e. news sites and Twitter posts talking about an earthquake) there’s a higher chance it might be true. There are even sites dedicated purely to debunking myths and rumours.
Sometimes, it can be hard to tell whether an article is satire or not (using humour or exaggeration to poke fun at an issue), especially when the article is deliberately crafted to look like a real news piece. If it sounds too ridiculous to be believable, it probably is. So before you get offended or shocked, check first!
You can’t rely only on one site to say that an article is credible. For example, Wikipedia is used as an informational resource by many people. Most of the time its facts are legitimate, but it has occasionally been a victim of troublemakers who exploit its public edit feature to spread fake news about celebrity deaths.