The disconnect between true and false has been a boon for companies trying to turn a quick profit.
There are more of these sites now because there's an awareness that people can create fake news sites and make money from the ads. A few years ago, we were mostly dealing with people who were misinformed, but not malicious.
The rise of scammers has ensnared two of the world's largest internet companies, Facebook and Google, in controversy over their role in giving fake news such an influential platform.
Here are some tips on how to spot fake news:
- Stay away from sites with suspicious-looking web addresses, like those ending in .tk, .lo or .co.com.
- Pay attention to the article's author. If there's no byline on a story, or there is only one author for every post on the entire website, watch out. It may be an imposter.
- Be wary of news sites that host bloggers without any clear editorial or fact-checking process.
- Check if there's an "about me" section on the website. This makes it easier to spot whether the news source is legitimate.
- Get your news from a variety of places. The best way to ensure that you're not scammed by fake news is to read from a diverse array of news sources, and not just what pops up on a Facebook feed.