After it has become known that Facebook was widely acclaimed a contributor into Trump’s election, Mark Zuckerberg has reacted to the statement immediately and assured that 99% of what customers read and see in the net is authentic and only 1% of the data presented is fake news and slander. Google has also sided with Facebook and declared to take measures against such users spreading fake news.
Nevertheless, the measures are not enough to secure you against yellow press and defamation on the Internet. Some tips have been prepared to help you avoid the misinformation:
#1 find out whether a domain is legitimate
There are such cases when instead of reuters.com you can see ruters.com or reeters.com, both of these variants are incorrect and can lead to some undesirable consequences like placing a virus on the Internet on your behalf (address).
#2 pay great attention to grammar mistakes and spelling
The reason is that many of these fake sites are organized by people living outside the US for whom English is not a native language. Therefore, having caught such a website tripping, your nerves and network will stay safe.
#3 be aware of all caps
You should avoid headlines that are ‘screaming’ at us, save your time and spirits.
#4 make a double check before clicking on a headline
The thing is that in conformity with the law of classic journalism, news should be double-sourced before publishing it.
#5 don’t read unsigned articles
A professional journalist will never leave his/her work unsigned, therefore fake news are published nameless as a rule.
#6 subscribe to legitimate newspapers
Printed newspapers seem to be more reliable than online, however, you need to analyze the news you read in your own sight.
#7 subscribe for a good VPN
A built-in add blocker for your browser doesn’t work well as you are still traced by targeted advertisement used by multiple online sources to commercial ends. Besides, applying for a high-quality VPN makes your network protected from DNS leaks, mirror websites and multiple threats including malware, spyware, viruses and etc. But what is more important is that you can read news from outside sources as if being physically abroad, it will help you to reconstruct the picture of the global affairs rich in details.