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.