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Fact or fiction on the Web?

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Merriam-Webster defines “factoid” as “an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print.” How do you tell what’s true? TechRepublic.com offers some places to start. (Al­ways check ­multiple reliable sources before ­coming to a conclusion.)

•  Hoax-Slayer.com: Hoax-Slayer is family-owned and run. Founded in 2003, it is well respected, especially with regard to scam spam email messages. Check here before forwarding or replying to suspect email.

•  Truth or Fiction: Founded in 1999, this site is easy to use and returns information based on a keyword search with post title, and a true/false rating. It also shows top hot rumors on its front page. Check here before creating a meme to post on social media.

•  Snopes.com: This site is probably the best known site of its kind. Copy/paste suspect headline or email subject lines for best results. Check here before spreading rumors at the office water cooler.

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