The Sad Little Fact – Being a Fact-Finder in the Age of Misinformation
A fake fact is otherwise known as MISINFORMATION…
Misinformation is ‘false or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive.’
Where do we hear this misinformation? Unfortunately, the online world is absolutely full of it. From youtube videos, to tiktok, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, people are bombarded with fake facts and fake news. Here is an example of misinformation that I found on youtube.
If you saw this video online you’d be terrified. You might tell your friends about it and spread this information further. So how do we verify if it is true or not?
Now it’s your turn to give this a try. I need you to be a fact-checker and find out if this information is true or not using the techniques we just learned.
- Check the source – run a Google Search on the publisher or author of the information and try to find out more
- The Rule of Three – check three other sources of information
- Check a good fact-checking website like Snopes.
So here is the information I want you to check. It was posted thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter by regular people so there is no author to check. You will need to rely on method 2 and 3 here.