We are in a society of information overload! What information is true? What information is accurate and dependable? It is really hard to decided, especially with so much information being disseminated through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
So, how do you know if what you are reading is true or accurate? You, the reader, has to make the decision to do some investigating to check out the facts. Below are some ways to check:
1. Check About and About me pages 2. Interrogate urls and look at the webaddress 3. Suspect the sensational 4. Go back to the source of the information listed 5. Go back to the story again (and again) for any updates 6. Triangulate by finding the same information from multiple sources 7. What exactly are you reading: a news story, feature article, editorial, etc? 8. Use a little energy, don't just be satisfied with one source 9. Stop before you forward (or use) and ask yourself - is this fake, a hoax, biased 10. Be suspicious of pictures! They can easily be edited