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Fake News: Tips for Evaluating 'Fake News'

In a world of 'fake', 'post-truth' and 'alternative' news, critically understanding what to look for and how to evaluate information is becoming increasingly important.


Fact checking websites and resources now exist to help you determine what is likely to be fake news:


If you come across a fact checking website and want to know if you can rely on it, check if the International Fact-Checking Network has accredited the website. 


AUSTRALIAN fact checking sites:

RMIT ABC Fact Check

Tests and adjudicates on the accuracy of claims made by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups and institutions engaged in public debate.

The Conversation Fact Check

The Conversation in Australia checks facts reported in the media with several extra checks and balances, such as a blind peer review by a second academic expert.


INTERNATIONAL fact checking sites:

Researches and debunks myths, fake news, and rumours floating around the Internet.

A fact checking organisation from the nonpartisan and nonprofit Annenberg Public Policy Center, US.

Climate Feedback

A worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage.


IDENTIFYING fake news sites:

False, misleading, click-bait and/or satirical "news" sources

Huge list of fake news sites compiled 2016 by Melissa Zimdars, Merrimack College, US.

List of fake news websites


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