Social media can be rife with misinformation. Before you share a Facebook post or use other social media in your reporting, here are some red flags to watch out for:
- Too good or too horrible to be true
- Extremely precise/extremely broad
- Misspellings and bad grammar
- Audio doesn’t match video
- Unattributed research
- Designed to scare or anger
Taken from Fact-checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism, a self-directed course by Alexios Mantzarlis and Jane Elizabeth at Poynter NewsU.
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