Useful Plugins that Spot Fake News Online
Internet and smartphone penetration continues to rise, it has also influenced a rise in people spreading fake news across many social media platforms.
Fake news has become a pervasive problem on the internet. You find a news item online, but you don’t know if you can trust it. Is it true? Is it accurate? Is it reliable? Not even your Facebook friendsknow how to tell the difference.
You may not be able to identify each individual story as true or false, but you can find out if the news site itself is considered reliable and truthful, courtesy of the right browser plug-in.
Plug-ins like TrustedNews which integrate into your browser and display grades, rankings, and reports to tell you more about each news site you visit. You can then better determine if the stories you read across the internet should be trusted.
To use TrustedNews in Chrome, download and install it from the Chrome Web Store. When you open a news site that TrustedNews has analyzed, its toolbar icon displays a small label indicating the site’s rating. Click the icon, and the resulting window displays and explains the rating.
Click on the link for “Learn how we reached this rating.” You’ll find links to pages that explain the MetaCert protocol, how the sources rate websites, and why TrustedNews believe you should trust it.