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Fake News vs. Real News: Fake News

Avoid Being Taken In By Fake News

Take the TRAAP Test



When was the information posted or published? Has it been updated?


Does the information relate to your question? Who is the intended audience? If the headline of the article poses a question, does the article answer it?


Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations? Is the author qualified to write on the topic? Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?


Is the information in the article supported by evidence? Can you verify it in other articles? Is the tone of the article free of bias and emotion?


What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform or persuade? Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda? Does the point of view appear impartial?

What Is Fake News?

Fake news is not to be confused with satirical news as seen on shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "Last Week Tonight." Fake news is not a humorous comment on the news. Rather, fake news seeks to supplant the news, to sway its audience into believing all sorts of untruths and conspiracy theories, the more bizarre, the better.

            --Pitts, Leonard. "Newspapers, the Answer to Fake News.". Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Sun. (1 December 2016): n. p. Web. 1 December 2016.

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