On Facebook, Google, and in other corners of the online world, false stories are being posted, shared, and believed. Everyone should be concerned over the spread of this "fake news" and all types of misinformation. Given our modern-day information overload, each of us must know how to recognize trustworthy news sources while critically evaluating the many forms of information that we see on a daily basis.
Consider these elements when reading stories on the web (social media, Google results, news websites etc.):
News outlets will lean in certain political directions (in published editorials, for example) while still attempting to present facts as objectively as possible - this is described as "media bias."
Media bias is not equivalent to publishing false or misleading information. News outlets will get into serious legal trouble (libel) if they publish lies or make up stories, and reliable, reputable news organizations vet their stories through a rigorous fact-checking process.
For an interesting look at professional fact-checking, have a look at How to Fact Check The Atlantic (below). The image on the right is a visual example from The Atlantic of the professional fact-checking process.