Understand when a message is forwarded
Messages with the “Forwarded” label help you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message or if it originally came from someone else. Double check the facts when you’re not sure who wrote the original message. To learn more about forwarding messages, please read these articles.
Check photos and media carefully
Photos, videos and audios can be edited to mislead you. Look at trusted news sources to see if the story is being reported elsewhere.
When a story is reported in multiple places, it’s more likely to be true.
Look out for messages that look different
Many messages or website links you receive containing hoaxes or fake news have spelling mistakes. Look for these signs so you can check if the information is accurate.
Check your biases
Watch out for information that confirms your preexisting beliefs and review the facts before sharing information. Stories that seem hard to believe are often untrue.
Fake news often goes viral
Even if a message is shared many times, this does not make it true. Don’t forward a message because the sender is urging you to do so.