How to Avoid Fake News

By Alejandra Najera

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:55 AM PDT

Fake news is nothing new. But bogus stories can reach people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past according to Fact Check.

To avoid these fake news stories, use the CRAP test! It’s a tool that can help verify sources to avoid fake/bias news that could give a false sense of what is going on. The CRAP test stands for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Point of View.  Search for these four characteristics in an article, and from there you can determine if the source is credible enough or not. According to the American Press Institute, “A news organization’s credibility both as a brand and for individual stories is significantly affected by what kinds of people are sharing it on social media sites such as Facebook.” Fake news is easy to find just by logging onto facebook. But you can avoid these unreliable and fake sources by using the CRAP test for help!

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