"Critical thinking is the disciplined art of ensuring that you use the best thinking you are capable of in any set of circumstances."
[from Becoming a critic of your own thinking]
Think critically about what you read, hear, see, and about how you absorb information. It's a good way to begin figuring out and interpreting fake news, alternative facts, post-truth, and misinformation.
With advanced image altering software, images can provide false or misleading information too. Google Reverse Image Search allows users to verify what websites used the image. When viewing images, ask yourself these questions:
Think critically, and use these tips for analyzing news sources:
[from M. Zimbar, False, misleading, clickbait-y, and / or satirical "news" sources. Retrieved from Pace University Library Research Guide. Illustration by Jim Cooke.]
Search engine creators, like Google, are businesses whose purpose is to turn a profit, not help you find information. Using several different search engines when seeking information is good practice, don't become loyal to just one. In addition, consider using search engines that are uncensored and anonymous, such as, DuckDuckGo or GIBIRU.