The Members Corner Page has just been updated with a new section Understanding and Assessing “Fake News”
So why verify? Most of us know that not everyone chooses to tell the truth, some repeat what they “believe” to be the truth, and some actually do tell the truth.
It is important to make sure that your source is reliable, so we’ve provided links to some links from some reputable sources of information about “fake news” and how to evaluate what you hear and see.
Some of the highlighted tools from these resources are:
- PolitiFact: Fact-checking US politics
- FotoForensics (checking for photo alterations)
The most important tool you have though is choosing to respond rather than react. Responding means you go a bit more slowly and think about things rather than just posting them whereas reacting is more of a “knee-jerk” reaction of posting something (usually because you had an emotional response to the issue being discussed or just being in a hurry). Take a bit more time before you share something you see online, read in the newspaper, or saw on television and maybe use one of these tools to see just how accurate is that information. Partial truths are harder to identify at first glance and that is why they are used so often.
If you find “fake news” consider taking the time to share it in one of our groups so that we can all be better prepared to challenge untruths.