The ability to tell the difference between accurate and impartial news from biased news or misinformation or disinformation (also known as fake news) is an important skill.
Being able to evaluate news and other sources will:
Help you find higher quality resources.
Enable you to gain real knowledge and help you become better educated.
Prevent you from losing credibility when you share stories that are old, aren't true or are inaccurate.
Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks.
Do a quick search on the author.
Consider if your own beliefs could be affecting your judgement.
Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.
Blue ticks in Facebook and Twitter confirm that the accounts belong to the celebrity, public figure or brand they represent. These accounts can be a way of gaining information from trusted journalists and sources in real-time.