How to spot fake news in your Facebook feed

How to weed out the legitimate headlines from the bogus ones.

PHOENIX - If you've ever yelled at a Facebook friend to stop sharing hoaxes, you know the frustration of the fake news story. 

Currently, there's another Facebook "privacy" hoax making its way around newsfeeds. It claims all of your personal details will become public unless you post a status update that includes details about the "Rome Statute" and revoke Facebook's permission.

However, the Rome Statue is an article of the Geneva Convention that defines war crimes, nothing about Facebook feeds or privacy.

Plenty of other stories have made the rounds, including those claiming Antonin Scalia was assassinated, others that claim President Obama outlawed the Pledge of Allegiance.

"There's a kind of plague of misinformation and fake news," said ASU media literacy professor Dan Gillmor. "Find more than one source."

Gillmor suggested researching the outlet that's posting the story, as well as the actual story. Sites that have an agenda, he said, are not necessarily bad, provided they ensure their facts are accurate.

Some sites even have a disclaimer that says they take no claim of the accuracy of what they post. 

Gillmor said readers should do something as simple as Google the author and see what else they've written. 

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