#FakeNews is everywhere and it’s getting harder to tell what’s true and what isn’t. Some sites are very clever and so convincing they fool many people. It always makes me smile when they fool politicians who gleefully share the news, then end up having egg on their face afterwards. If seasoned politicians, who SHOULD be media aware, are fooled, what chance does the average joe have?
First, if you’re not sure it’s true, DON’T share it. Not even to say “I’m not sure if it’s true or not but…”. Once a false story is out on the net, it takes on a life of its own and people will believe it because “so and so shared it”.
Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution. Make your motto: “Be Sure. Then Share”. Get your facts checked first. This brief, but helpful video, from Channel 4 ‘s Facebook Page provides some helpful tips.
When you’ve watched that, have a look at the LINKS page for a list of current satircal news sites.