Fact vs Fake tip # 1: Is it the whole story? Cross-reference information. Don’t rely on a single source. Check the facts against multiple other sources, especially those that have a different viewpoint. If a claim is true, multiple sources should verify it.
Fact vs Fake tip #1: Check the source. Before you take any story at face value, check where it’s coming from. Is it a reputable outlet with a history of accurate reporting? Or is it a site you’ve never heard of, that is pushing sensational stories?