With Articles on Social Media, Looks Can Be Deceiving

With Articles on Social Media, Looks Can Be Deceiving

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If you're on Facebook - you get a lot of information from it. Real or not so much...

Increasingly, fake information can be made to look real. For example this, fake news generator page uses website names similar to credible outlets like CBS News and the New York Times..

While this site looks like it was meant to be a prank, it can still deceive you as you scroll.

On Friday, we set up a scenario next to a real CBS article to see if people could pick the difference (Click the picture above to watch).

The correct website name is cbsnews.com, however people though the cbsnews.us link seemed credible to those we asked as well. 

If someone clicked the fake link, they'd realize it took them to the prank site. However this advice applies for every article.

"Look for the url, check it out, click on the article," said Dawn Robinson, department chair of business studies at Jefferson Community College. "Some of them are fake and we're spreading it as much as much as the fake news sites are."

By the end of the day Friday, Facebook also recognized this wasn't a trustworthy link and let us know. But this is just one example of a question that is proving hard to answer on the internet - what is really real?

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