Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?
Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
Re-posting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.
If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
Consider if you own beliefs could affect your judgment.
Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.
This BBC Fake News quiz enables you to test whether you can distinguish fact from fiction
Image credit: Smith, M. (2017) 'How left or right-wing are the UK’s newspapers?', YouGov, 7 March.
The Sun (2016), 'We are sorry for our gravest error', 13 Sept.
The Times (2003), 'What they said about weapons of mass destruction: - In brief', 25 April, p. 17.