Fake news

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The problem that I investigated in this task was fake news and how often people fall for it. My desired outcome was to find a way to separate real- from fake news and to share it with the community.
The focus of the investigation was the background of fake news (what it is, why its spread etc.), the problem (what will it cause, conclusion of fake news etc.) and the solution (how to identify fake news etc.)
Focus question
How can a person make sure that the news that he is reading is actual news and not fake news?
The research shows that people believe fake news because of the sheer number of repetitions and has a wider dissemination because of the fact that fake news usually looks sexier or more interesting than real news. Fake and real news can be identified by checking the URL and domain name, a person should always check other websites to see if the information matches each other, and if a fake news article is found a person should report it immediately.
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