Just because you see it, doesn't mean you should believe! Today's technology has made it easy to make fake images and video seem remarkably real. Comparing to other sources is always useful.
It's easier to alter images and video than you think! Consider, as an example, Deepfake technology, which allows the merging of images into video content to create "evidence" for events that never occurred.
Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepfake
Need to check an image to make sure it's a true original? We recommend the following website:
A reputable news source will explicitly state its standards for reporting. If the editorial policy is not listed on a site, consider that it may not be providing you with reliable information.
When evaluating an online news source, consider the Five Principles of Ethical Journalism created by the Ethical Journalism Network.
Some examples of policies and standards clearly posted on a publication's website include:
An accountable resource will issue corrections for errors and inaccuracies in its publication.