The best way to spot fake news articles is to check the title, title, author, date, and date range of the story, says a professor who has studied the topic.
He says the article’s title and author are crucial indicators.
“There are two basic things that you want to look for,” says Stephen T. Hwang, professor of journalism and news studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The first is the headline, which should say, “This article was written by a fake journalist, using a fake source.”
The second is the date, which indicates the article was published online in the past year.
Hang says the first two indicators help readers to spot news stories that are either not reliable or have no basis in fact.
Hanging out with a fake article or an article that is not based on facts can lead to confusion.
“It’s easy to get into an article,” Hwang says.
“And there’s an awful lot of misinformation out there about fake news.
People are very quick to dismiss stories that they find misleading.”
In fact, Hwang points out that some fake news sites are deliberately deceptive.
“A lot of times they’re very careful to use very specific, precise words like fake or hoax,” he says.
If the author’s name is Michael E. Cohen, he says, it’s easy for readers to believe the story because he’s a fake author.
“He’s not Michael Cohen, but the story is very similar,” Hangs says.
Hangs recommends looking for a headline that says “This is a false story about me,” or that says, “The author has been paid for this piece by a Russian propaganda organization.”
This is an example of the fake article that Hwang cites.
It says, “‘This article is a hoax, this is a fake piece,'” Hwang notes.
“So I’d definitely check the word ‘fraud.’
I think that’s one of the things that we should look for.”
A fake article could also be misleading if it includes misleading claims, such as the claim that “The article was first posted on January 1, 2017, by a source that no longer exists.”
Hwang adds, “It also should be written as if it was written on January 31, 2017.”
But when you do find an article with a false title, the author should not use that title to imply the article is based on real news.
“You should be careful about using a title like ‘This article originated on January 7, 2017,’ ” he says — it could be an article published on January 6, 2017.
And if the article mentions the word “Trump,” the author must be an actual Trump supporter.
Hahn also says that it’s important to check for a title that says the author is “John Podesta,” and not “John Doe.”
Podesta is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
A person familiar with the investigation said Podesta and his wife, who has a prominent role on the Trump campaign, have been accused of funneling tens of thousands of dollars to the Ukrainian government to support pro-Russian political parties.
“This information is being provided to WikiLeaks to try to undermine the Trump administration,” the person said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the probe publicly.
“The evidence in this investigation is overwhelming that the Russian government is behind this effort,” the anonymous person said, referring to WikiLeaks.
The article in question said that Podesta and other Democrats had paid for a “fake news” story that was supposed to be published by the pro-Russia Party of Regions, which was running in the elections.
The story was written in February 2016, but did not appear in mainstream outlets until October, 2016, when it was shared widely by Russian-speaking Twitter users.
The Democratic Party was founded by Clinton, who ran for president in 2008, and has since been dominated by Clinton supporters.
Podesta was first approached by the Russian propaganda group in 2014.
The New York Times reported in July 2016 that Podesta’s name had been mentioned in the Russian dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele, who later concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Trump Tower meeting.
The dossier was reportedly written by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele.
The Times reported that Steele, as part of his investigation, spoke to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
It also said that the FBI, which is investigating Trump, obtained the dossier from a British spy, who told it to the CIA.
Trump denied in March that Russia tried to interfere in the election.
He has repeatedly denied that the dossier was fabricated.
Haddad says that if you see something that is false, it is important to alert the reader to the fact that it is fake news, and to ask them to be skeptical of the source.
But there are times when fake news can be more harmful than useful, he adds.