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Fake News: Check the information first then send it forward.

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ifrah tasneem
Published
6 months ago

In today's era, sharing information without checking it can be detrimental. While internet media has made it very easy to share information, it is also misused. Fake news becomes increasingly viral on the internet media, but you should avoid sharing wrong information. If you keep some things in mind, you can identify fake news, videos etc.

 

Think Before Forwarding

Usually, people are in the habit of sharing any news, photo or video via Whatsapp or Facebook without thinking. They don't even care whether what they are sharing is true or not or what effect it can have. Avoid sharing the messages which come in the name of any funny news or advice on the internet media. Pause for a while and think about whether the information is valid or whether it needs to be sent. It will save you from sharing fake news. Especially whenever you get a forward message, definitely check it. Check the facts of the claims of the forwarded message by searching on Google from a trusted source. You can also take the help of PIB Fact Check. 

 

Take Help from Google Earth

  • Google Earth can also check for misinformation about specific areas, malls, monuments or other geographical features. You can use Google Earth to find out about a place.

Check the Reference of the Photo

An image is an influential tool. Those who create and spread misinformation online realize it. Check whatever photos or videos you find on WhatsApp etc. It usually happens that edited pictures and videos are sent to spread fake news. Not only this, people use to crop parts of the images and change their meaning. If there is any doubt about the pictures, Google help to check the veracity of most of the photos found online. You don't need to do much for this. When the image is open in the browser, right-click on it. Then click on Search Google for Images, and you will get the information related to the picture.

Use Fact-Checking Tool

You can use fact-checking tools to check for true or false information. With this, you will never fall into awry content or information. When you come across such information, and you can't decide whether it is correct or not, you can use Google's Fact Check Explore. It can be a way to check the forwarded messages received on WhatsApp or other applications. Apart from this, you can also take the help of PIB Fact Check or Vishwas News. Vishwas news is a fact check and verification website. 

 

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