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How to Report Fake News

With social media fast becoming the favourite news-sharing platform, it’s proving more tricky than ever to separate fact from fake news. However, should you suspect a news story is fake, there are a number of ways you can report it: . 

FACEBOOK

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Facebook has garnered a lot of attention over the past few months with several fake news stories flooding the popular social platform. Fortunately, it is simple to report these posts.

  • Click the V icon right at the top-right corner of the selected post.
  • A drop-down menu will appear. Click on Report Post or Report Photo.
  • You will then be given a list of options. Select the option that best describes the issue you have with the post.

You can also report an entire page that continually posts fake news:

  • Go to the page you wish to report.
  • Click the overflow (three dots), which can be found directly below or above the page’s cover photo.
  • Select Report Page and choose the option that best describes the issue you have with the page.

TWITTER

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Twitter is a busy place, with countless news stories being tweeted and retweeted every day. If you happen to come across a fake news story, here’s how to report it:

  • Find the tweet you wish to report.
  • Click on the More icon on web, or the v icon on the app.
  • A drop-down menu appears. Select Report.
  • Select one of the four options that best describes the issue you have with the tweet.
  • Twitter will then ask you to provide more info about the tweet and why you feel it needs to be removed.

To report an account, you can do the following:

  • Go to the account you wish to report.
  • Click on the gear icon (web and iOS) or overflow (three dots) icon (Android).
  • A drop-down menu appears. Select Report.
  • Select the option that best describes the issue you have with the account.
  • Once again, Twitter will require you to provide more information on the reason for reporting the account.

INSTAGRAM

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While not as common as on Facebook and Twitter posts, Instagram also gets its fair share of fake news stories. Here’s how you can report a misleading post:

  • Head over to the Instagram post you wish to report.
  • Click on the overflow (three dots) icon at the top-right of the post. Click Report.
  • While Instagram doesn’t have an option for reporting fake news, you can still report it as spam.

You can also report a comment in the same way.

GOOGLE

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Yes, you can report a fake news site or article to Google – and it’s very simple to do. Here’s how:

  • Take a screenshot of the site or article and save it.
  • On the Google search results page, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Send Feedback.
  • A dialogue box appears where you can upload the screenshot and describe why you feel the site/article needs to be removed.
  • Click Send and let the Google team do the rest.

Sources: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google