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Government Issues 5-Point Guide to Help You Spot Fake News

New Delhi, March 25, 2024: The fight against fake news continues! The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) has released a helpful 5-point advisory to empower citizens to identify and avoid misleading information online.

Fake news, designed to deceive readers, can have serious consequences. These fabricated stories often lack verifiable facts, sources, or quotes, and can be spread for malicious reasons.

To combat this issue, PIB Fact Check is urging people to be critical consumers of online content. Here are their key tips:

  1. Check the Source: Be wary of websites with strange domain names or unfamiliar publishers.
  2. Don’t Judge a Story by its Headline: Sensational headlines are often used to grab attention, but may not reflect the full story. Read the entire article before forming an opinion.
  3. Verify Information: Look for reputable sources like government websites or established news outlets that corroborate the information.
  4. Cross-check Information: See if other credible sources are reporting the same story.
  5. Think Before Sharing: Don’t spread unverified information! Share only posts and stories from trusted sources.

PIB Fact Check, launched in December 2019, aims to tackle misinformation about government policies and schemes circulating on social media. By following these simple steps, we can all play a role in stopping the spread of fake news.

For more details on how to identify fake news, you can find PIB Fact Check’s guide online.

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