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Here are five ways to spot fake news.
Number one: Look for unusual URLs. If they end with lo or .com.co, chances are they aren't legitimate news sites.
Number two: Dissect the layout. Look for grammatical errors, incorrect dates, bold claims with no sources and sensationalist images. These are all red flags.
Number three: Dig deeper. Find out who wrote the article and who supports the site. If this information doesn't exist or you need to register to get it, then question why.
Number four: Cross-check. Use fact-checking sites to confirm information and see whether other credible news outlets are reporting similar news.
Number five: Try a reverse image search. If the same picture appears in unrelated stories, you may have a reason to be suspicious.
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Do you always check whether news you read online is true or not? Did you learn anything new from these tips?