With social media and online viral sharing, it can be so hard to decipher between what is fake news and reality. Social media does not always play a good role when it comes to presenting true, factual information. People bend and throw the truth around on social media, how can people know what the truth really is?
People cannot always believe what is posted on different social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok. With each post, a bias can come with each like, share, or retweet.
When it comes to getting reliable information, people need to look for who wrote/published the post originally, why was it made, who the message is for, is the information credible or reputable, what details were left out and why, and how does the message make one feel.
Make sure to look at the author or publisher on the sites. Try and decipher whether there are biased words like “better” or the “worst” in headlines or in titles. Make sure one reads the whole article before sharing; do not rely on headlines. This is how misinformation is quickly shared. Using extreme wording to gain more clicks or shares is more than likely sources that are not reliable.
If you read something online, check the sources used. Fake sources or fake sites do not benefit anyone; in fact, they can cause quite a disruption. For example, there was a fake text getting sent around asking for donations for “free masks.” Do not believe everything one sees or hears. This can be very dangerous and lead to scams and scares.
Before hitting the like, share, or retweet buttons, be sure to think critically about the message of the post. Make sure the post is true, accurate, and balanced without bias. This will help consumers to know what is fake and what is truth online.