The fake news phenomenon has taken hold on social media, where misinformation is increasingly being disseminated by brands and governments.
We’ve put together a list of the best ways to spot it.
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Fake news is misinformation that is created by a person or company, such as a story that has been circulated by a trusted source, or one that is not true.
You can check the validity of any article by checking the original source.
It is also possible to check the content on Facebook and Twitter to see if there is a similar story.
The fact that the content is not accurate or factually accurate is not evidence of fake news.
Some of the most popular fake news stories include the claim that President Donald Trump was shot in the stomach during a protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on 9 February, or that US officials have leaked information about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
There are also fake news articles about the Australian federal election, the death of a former US congressman, and the disappearance of a missing Queensland girl.
Fake news can also be a distraction for many.
The proliferation of fake stories has meant people are increasingly searching for news about what they want to believe, and many don’t trust what they read.
So when you see a story online that you think is fake news, you should check it out for yourself and ask yourself if you believe it.