'Fake news' vs. Real news: How to tell the difference

Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 16:54:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The term "fake news" refers to news that has been distorted or entirely not true, and social media seems to be a breeding ground for that kind of reporting. 

Social media posts are able to originate from anywhere in the world and their website may even look authentic.

We spoke with Francine Huff, the Knight Chair for Student Achievements at Florida A&M University who says it's important however to not just rely on one source for your news, whether it's social media, newspapers, TV, or radio.

This will allow you to see sides of a story, and you become more informed on what you believe in. 

"It helps you become more informed, more well-rounded. You can just make better decisions about the political process, about other things going on in society," said Huff. "You can only do that when you are interested and curious enough to go out and look up information on your own."