As we are entering the crazy season due to the various elections world wide in 2024, I asked my “Copilot” in MS Office, how to spot fake news, and this is what was said:

Fake news is a pervasive issue in today’s digital landscape. Here are ten tips to help you identify misinformation, recognize fake news websites, and think critically before sharing:

  1. Check the source: Examine the web address (URL) of the page you’re viewing. Look out for spelling errors or unconventional domain extensions (e.g., “.infonet” or “.offer”). Unfamiliar or suspicious URLs may indicate fake news1.
  2. Check the author: Investigate the credibility of the author. Are they a recognized journalist or expert in the field? Be cautious if the author’s identity is unclear or if they lack credentials1.
  3. Check other sources: Cross-reference the information with other reputable news sources. If only one website reports a sensational story, verify it elsewhere. Reliable news stories tend to be corroborated by multiple sources1.
  4. Maintain a critical mindset: Be skeptical and question the content. Consider the tone, language, and overall presentation. Fake news often relies on emotional manipulation or extreme language1.
  5. Check the facts: Fact-check the claims made in the article. Use fact-checking websites or trusted sources to verify information. Misleading or false statements should raise red flags1.
  6. Check the comments: Read user comments on social media or news platforms. Sometimes, users point out inaccuracies or share additional context. However, be cautious of echo chambers or biased comments1.
  7. Check your own biases: Be aware of your own beliefs and biases. Confirmation bias can lead us to accept information that aligns with our pre-existing views. Stay open-minded and seek balanced perspectives1.
  8. Check whether it’s a joke: Satirical websites like The Onion or The Daily Mash publish humorous content. While not meant to deceive, these stories can be mistaken for real news. Verify the source before sharing1.

Remember, critical thinking and media literacy are essential tools for navigating the digital landscape. By applying these tips, you can better discern reliable information from fake news. 🕵️‍♂️🔍

For more in-depth evaluation, consider exploring resources from and Psychology Today23.

Copilot also created this graphic. It really is very clever.