Pro tip number two for #fightingfakenews
is to see who else is talking about the story before you share.
A quick @google news search (google.ca/news) can give you all the info you need about whether or not the story is legit. Google's algorithms ensure that everyone in one region (e.g. Canada) with the same language setting (e.g. English) sees the same news in their "full coverage," "search results," and "headline news" sections. If none of the main Canadian news outlets have written breaking news articles about the material you're about to share, it's probably fake.
Q: What if it's an older story?
A: In that case, @snopesdotcom and @politifact are your friends.
Q: What if there are a handful of news outlets reporting the story, but none of the big ones (@cbc, @globeandmail, @nationalpost) are?
A: See if you can establish a pattern in their reporting by checking out some of their other stories: do they have a tendency to stoke fears about a/multiple topic(s)? Do they consistently attack one political party over the others? Do they use incendiary language to get you to feel a certain way, namely angry (see last post)? If the answer is yes to any of these, the outlet(s) might have an ulterior motive getting in the way of fact-based reporting.
Feel free to ask any other questions about this topic below, and we'll do our best to answer.