Facebook offers 10 tips to help users distinguish false news in the context of the growing Covid-19 news.
Information regarding Covid-19 is of interest to users. However, due to both information and unverified, many people rushed to share the wrong information, causing bad effects. Therefore, before pressing the share button, users should consider the following:
1. Look carefully at the title
False information is often given catchy headlines. In particular, if the title sounds unbelievable or shocking, it’s most likely fake.
2. Check the link
The link’s address is also a warning signal about fake news if users find that link looks almost like a reputable and official website.
3. Find out the source
Users need to make sure the story comes from an accurate, trusted source they already know or have a reputation for. If you’re an unfamiliar organization, find out and check the “About” section for a clear view of the information that the source offers.
4. Be wary of unusual formatting
Many sites that spread the wrong news also have formatting errors, such as spelling errors, cluttered page layouts.
5. Considerations on images
Misleading stories often contain photos or edited videos. Sometimes photos are taken out of the original context, confusing the viewer. To check, users can use the image search feature, verify the original source image as well as understand the context correctly.
6. Check the posting date
Some people make jokes like finding old posts, posted on the same day but different years, then re-sharing on social networks, causing many people to be “trapped” as new information. In addition, some misleading stories may change timelines.
7. Review evidence
The lack of authentic evidence or information from generic experts, whose names are unknown, can also be a sign of false information.
8. Collated with other reports
When reading an information on social networks, visit the official news sources for verification and verification. If mainstream sources do not report on the same topic, it is most likely fake.
9. Distinguished from the jokes
Sometimes fake news can be mistaken for jokes. Read carefully and assess whether the details and tone of the story are meant to be sarcastic to laugh.
10. Some fake news was intentionally released
You may fall into the trap of purposeful distribution, so think carefully about what you read and only share information that you know is trustworthy.