Credit: Pixabay

Social media can be a breeding ground for fake news, especially as breaking news unfolds.

So how can you protect yourself from being tricked by the latest hoax story circulating online?

Facebook, who works with Full Fact and other fact-checkers to combat false stories on the platform, has provided ten tips to help users identify false information.

It recommends researching whether the source is known for humour first, as sometimes false information is hard to distinguish from satire.

"Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may be just for fun," it writes.

Learn how quality journalism can thrive in a fake news-era at on 27 November at Reuters, London. Head to for the full agenda and tickets

Free daily newsletter

If you like our news and feature articles, you can sign up to receive our free daily (Mon-Fri) email newsletter (mobile friendly).