How to protect yourself from fake news sites

Spotting fake news stories

Don't believe everything you read on the internet!

Advice you should always follow, especially this election season.

Thousands of bogus websites sharing false news are getting a lot of attention on social media.

Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty with Poynter Institute explained why a recent article about a Trump supporter getting paid to protest at one of his rallies is getting a lot of attention on social media.

“So, what they did was they took a Trump rally and then they stuck [a "Trump makes America hate again" sign] on top of it,” says Tompkins.

These phony websites look legit, they even try and copy a news stations URL.

“You can see it says abcnews.com.co but that not real, it’s abcnews.go.com,” says Tompkins.

Articles just like this one are getting thousands of shares online and people are falling for the lies.

We asked some St. Pete residents if they can spot a phony article.

“I would say that looks real,” says Zack Masek. “It says ABC news.”

“I think it's true,” says Mark Koeser.

The Trump article has been seen more than 63,000 times.

Another way to tell it's fake is by the logos. The fake ABC news logo looks slightly different than the original.

To get a list of phony websites, CLICK HERE.


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