Fake news websites derive nearly 42 percent of their traffic from social media platforms, with readers clicking links they see posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social sites. But those links offer only headlines, making it difficult for even educated news consumers to know if what they’re seeing is real or fake news.
To test your ability to tell real news from fake from headlines alone, we’ve crafted a quiz that will test your media smarts and skills at spotting fake news.
How’d you do on the quiz? However you scored, you’ll want to read the tips we’ve compiled with help from journalists to make sure you don’t fall prey to fake news in the future.
Jennifer is the Alliance’s reporter on trends and insights, as well as the social media manager. Prior to joining the Alliance, she spent more than a decade working in news and magazines in New York City. She is the author of the young adult textbook, “You’re Being Duped: Fake News on Social Media” (Enslow, 2019).