We all share things for different reasons. Perhaps it's an interesting story, news about a celebrity that you like, or something that made you laugh. But when you see something you like online, do you check to make sure that it's true before you share it?
Fake news is news or stories on the internet that are not true. There are two kinds of fake news:
False stories that are deliberately published or sent around, in order to make people believe something untrue or to get lots of people to visit a website. These are deliberate lies that are put online, even though the person writing them knows that they are made up.
Stories that may have some truth to them, but they're not completely accurate. This is because the people writing them - for example, journalists or bloggers - don't check all of the facts before publishing the story, or they might exaggerate some of it.
It is happening a lot at the moment, with many people publishing these stories in order to get as many shares as possible. Now that we have social media, it is much easier for these stories to spread quickly, which can be a problem. It is also easier than it used to be to edit photos, and create fake websites and stories that look realistic.
If you want to try to make sure that you don't get caught out by fake news, there a few things you can look out for.
If the answer to any of these questions is 'no', you might want to check it out a bit more, before spreading the word.
Here are a few trusted sites you may wish to bookmark on your internet browser:
Here are some of the available free to use Library e-resources, to access these resources you will need your Library card and four digit pin number. If you don't have a Library card join the library and then request your pin number here.