Rules of Thumb for misinformation
Sometimes what we see in the news and online is inaccurate, misleading, or untrue. Please take a moment to read the tips below for spotting when news might not be true.
- Check the news source. Is the source familiar? If you haven’t heard about it before, the news may not be true.
- Assess the content. Is the claim logical? Have you tried googling the headline to see if it is supported by other media?
- Check your bias. Would you like the news to be true? If so be careful – we are more likely to fall for false news that we agree with.
- Monitor your memory. Is the story familiar? Sometimes we believe something simply because we’ve heard it before.