How to Tell the Difference Between the Real and Fake News

sourcesThe internet has given people across the world access to unprecedented amounts of information. Perhaps more significantly, the internet has provided people with a platform for disseminating information to billions within seconds. A 2016 by the Pew Research Center found that more than 62% of adults in the United States get some of their news from social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. However, just like the game of telephone, sometimes important aspects of a story can be distorted or even changed entirely when transmitted via social networks. How can people decipher if an article is trustworthy or not? As scientists, this is something we do everyday, so we want to share a few of the strategies that we use to analyze articles from journals, the internet, newspapers, and other sources.

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