6 Tips To Easily Identify False News Online And How To Report It

Facebook | Inside Life
September 2, 2021

As the name implies, false news is a narrative that is published and promoted as true, even though it isn’t. False news has always been an issue, but the advent of social media has made it easier for anyone to publish anything they want and call it true in order to further their agenda. Regardless of the intent or motivations behind it, false news can cause real-world harm because it can be used to push agendas and alter people’s beliefs and behaviours. That’s why we’ve outlined 6 different ways to spot false news and the right actions to take when you do.

1) Shine your eye well when looking at the headline.

Does a headline sound weirdly sensational, too good to be true, written in all caps, or contain an insane number of exclamation points? This is an issue common with articles containing false news. Another thing you should do is read the full article and not just the headline. Many publications engage in clickbait (twisting the wordings of headlines and misrepresenting the story to shock readers and get them talking). So you too, try to dey gather full gist.

2) Pay close attention to the link.

Magnifying Glass | Apu Apustaja | Know Your Meme

Most websites that spew false news use URLs similar to those of established news websites. They do this by mimicking their links and making small changes – like adding a few characters. Don’t let these people run you street. If an article’s link looks sketchy, compare it to a real link from the established news website they’re imitating.

3) Investigate the source.

If the news has been published by a source you don’t recognise or trust, check the “About” section of the website to learn about them. Then look them up on a search engine to see what their internet history is like. If they have a history of lying, it’s best not to do amebo with the news.

4) Find out if other news outlets are reporting the same gist.

In this case, there’s nothing like “there’s no smoke without fire.” If you check and no one else is reporting that sweet and scandalous news you just saw, it means it is most likely not real. It’s not everything online that’s true oooh! Some are exaggerated and some are lies. If you’re not sure of the authenticity of the news source. DO NOT share the post.

5) Painstakingly go over the pictures/videos.

People who publish false news usually present edited pictures and videos to back up their lies. Sometimes, the pictures/videos may be real but used out of context to confuse everybody. To avoid being deceived, you can reverse search images on search engines to find their original source. If you don’t know how to reverse search images, better go and learn. Wise up oh.

6) Inspect the dates.

Some false stories aren’t completely false, but rather distortions of real events. These claims can take a legitimate news story and twist what it says — or even claim that something that happened long ago is related to current events.  If the dates/timelines in an article look like something from the past, it may be false news.

Brethren, please do your part to minimise the spread of false news online. Even though some people share false news without realizing it, the six tips mentioned above will help you learn how to identify it. Don’t be misinformed. It is time to join the fight against misinformation and false news online. Thankfully, there is something you can do about it, especially on social media. Facebook is providing tips for its users to minimise the spread of false news. Today, we will share the easy steps to take when you identify false news online.

  • Go to the top of the article and click the three dots.
  • Click on the option that says ‘report post.’
  • Click ‘False information’ and click ‘Next’.
  • Click ‘Done’

If you spend time online or use social media to stay informed, it’s important to do these things and ensure our favourite platforms remain a safe and secure place, free of false news. Join Zikoko and Facebook as we work together to create a #NoFalsenewszone.

Sponsored by
Facebook

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

February 19, 2021

Last weekend was truly a celebration of love as Union Bank x BellaNaija Weddings made dreams come true with a free surprise proposal for one couple and an all-expenses-paid wedding for another couple!  And just like that. Notey Akpotive and Obiora Chibuzor are now onestep closer to their happily ever after, thanks to Union Bank x BellaNaija Weddings […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

September 25, 2021

oraimo FreePods 3 Feature LeakFor a while now, oraimo has been cooking something awesome for her consumers, and it’s finally here. I guess it’s safe to say oraimo is like a fine wine that keeps getting better with time. When it comes to delivering a product that is not only affordable but also comes with […]

Recommended Quizzes

November 12, 2019

Are you a single pringle, stuck in a complicated situationship or happily married to the love of your life? This quiz is here to guess your current relationship status, and as you know, Zikoko quizzes are incredibly accurate (don’t quote us). So, give a shot:

April 1, 2020

Everyone has a Nigerian bank that matches their personality. You could either be as likeable as GTB, as efficient as Access or as mature as First Bank. Either way, all you have to do is take this quiz and we’ll let you know with almost 100% certainty. So, go ahead:

November 30, 2019

With No Nut November FINALLY coming to an end, we’ve decided to mark the torturous month with some more horny content. After quizzes that guessed how many people you’ve slept with, how good you are in bed and who you’ll sleep with next, this one will guess when next you’ll get lucky. Take it to […]

September 1, 2021

August is over, and here are some of our best quizzes from August. Enjoy: 1. QUIZ: Only Ajebutters Can Get 10/21 On This Quiz Some people like to form ajepako when they’re really ajebutter. Are you one of them? Let’s find out. 2. QUIZ: Sorry, If You’re Under 25 There’s No Way You Can Pass […]

November 20, 2019

Last month, we thoughtfully made a quiz telling you guys exactly when you’ll marry, but some of you claimed that your spouse was nowhere to be found. Well, now we’ve created one that’ll tell you exactly who you’ll be dragging down that aisle. Take and start planning that wedding: 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are […]

More from Inside Life

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X