Don't Be Fooled By Fake News On Facebook
A good rule of thumb: At least Google a news story before you share it.By Zach Toombs | November 16, 2016
Don't get fooled by fake news. Plenty of mainstream media outlets have their problems, but turning to sites that just make up fake news is not the answer. And it makes you look foolish.
I'm talking about sites like Infowars, led by this guy, Alex Jones. They actually say the Sandy Hook shooting was staged and that the grieving parents were actors. And yet they're widely shared by reasonable people who might not know that. And that's just one of countless fake stories they've pushed.
American News is more popular on Facebook than many real news outlets, but it makes things up all the time. Like a story that said Denzel Washington had endorsed Donald Trump, shared 10,000 times, despite the fact that Washington absolutely did not endorse Trump. Or like another story that claimed Chief Justice John Roberts signed off on President Obama's removal for treason — also not true at all.