House hippos remind us to check the facts
In today’s digital world, we all have a responsibility to make sure something’s true before we share it online. The house hippos are here to give us that important reminder.
You can usually tell if a story is true or false in less than 30 seconds: check out the video showing the four easy ways to fact-check and share it with friends and family.
We’ve released three new videos and tip sheets to help you Break the Fake. These new resources share tips on:
Test your fact-checking skills
These quick quizzes will help you start to learn how to spot suspicious posts. Try to tell which stories are true or false in the News Quiz. The Animals Quiz is great for getting kids to start thinking about misinformation.
Four ways to tell if something is true online
Use fact-checking tools
See if a fact-checker like Snopes.com has debunked the story.
Find the source
Click on the link in a social media post to take you to the original story, so you can see if it comes from a trusted source.
Verify the source
Check Google or Wikipedia to see if the source is real and whether they have a good track record.
Check other sources
Do a search to see if other news outlets are reporting the same story.