3. CHECK THE AUTHOR AND SUPPORTING SOURCES: (3/8)

Run a quick search on the author. Are they creditable? Is the author a real person? Sometimes, fake news stories will use a fake name for the author! Are there any supporting sources in the reference list? The article, ‘Fake News: A Technological Approach to Proving the Origins of Content, Using Blockchains’ published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., discusses the blockchain-based application. This is technology is capable of indicating the authenticity of digital media. ‘This tool can show, beyond doubt, the provenance of any source of digital media, including images used out of context in attempts to mislead’ (p. 356).

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