10 Signs What You're Reading Online Is Bogus

It's Been Debunked by Snopes
Snopes investigates Internet claims and rumors, and always cites sources. Screen capture by HowStuffWorks staff

Wondering if what you're reading is legit but you just can't seem to verify it? Luckily there are other people out there fighting the fight against Internet untruths and urban legends, and fact-checking Web sites may have already done the leg-work for you. For example, Snopes happens to be one of the longest-running and most popular myth busting sites, and is considered a good place to begin for debunking such things as the myth that Twinkies have no expiration date, as well as getting to the bottom of those Facebook privacy notices. And for political junkies, FactCheck can set the story straight about what a certain senator is saying about Social Security or which details about health care reform are true and which are false.

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