Currently, there is a chance that you have read something that may be 'fake,' or news that has not happened. Information is everywhere on the Internet, some of which is invalid, biased, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate for use or to repeat.
All information needs to be evaluated.
An easy way to recall how to evaluate information is to use a memory aid like another word. For evaluating information use like CRAAP. Suggested questions provide clarity to the term.
C = CURRENCY - The timeliness of the information
R = RELEVANCY - The importance of the information for your needs
A = AUTHORITY - The source of the information
A = ACCURACY - The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
P = PURPOSE - The reason why the information exists
Adapted from Blakeslee, S. (2010). Evaluating information: Applying the CRAAP test. Meriam Library, California State University, Chico. Retrieved from https://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf