1. Check for Previous Work: Has this story already been fact checked?
2. Go Upstream to the Source: Does the original story or picture match what is being shared virally?
3. Read Laterally: What do other, trustworthy sources have to say about what is being shared?
4. Circle Back: If the background of the story is complex, stop and use what you've learned to begin a new and better informed search.
Check you Emotions: Fake News causes strong emotional reactions. If a story or image is causing you an instant, visceral reaction, stop and verify that it is true before you share it.