The CRAAP Test (for Fake News)

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists offers a list of questions you should ask yourself before believing anything you read — aptly named the “CRAAP” test:

  • Currency: When was it published?
  • Relevance: Is it created for the right audience?
  • Authority: Who wrote it?
  • Accuracy: Is the evidence backed up with data?
  • Purpose: Why was this created and is there an underlying bias?

And lastly, 99 times out of 100, a story about a cinnamon roll can exploding inside someone’s butt probably isn’t true.