Information hygiene: how to detect fake news

Information hygiene: how to detect fake news

In a world where information is readily available and travels at the speed of light, it is understandable that it can be difficult to tell the difference between truth and lies. With the help of social media and other online resources, fake news can spread like wildfire on dry grass, and knowing how to recognize it is becoming increasingly important.

Information hygiene

Is a set of knowledge and skills that help avoid fake news and information manipulation.

Today, MBR will share some useful tips to help you identify fake news:

  1. Check the source of information. Before sharing any information, make sure it comes from a reliable source. Use well-known and reputable sources, such as official websites, mass media, and professional organizations. Avoid resources that cannot be verified as reliable.
  2. Check the date of publication. Fakes may have a publication date that may seem current, but in fact occurred a long time ago. Make sure that the information you are reading is not outdated and is actually relevant to current events.
  3. Check photos and videos. Fakes are often accompanied by photos and videos that look very realistic. However, these images can be altered through photo and video editing. Check if these images are not edited by verifying their authenticity. Use a variety of verification tools, such as Google Reverse Image Search, to find the original source of the image and make sure it has not been altered or doctored. Also, look for details in the image such as lighting, shadows, and other differences that may indicate that the image has been altered.
  4. Check the facts. Fakes often contain false facts or even made-up stories. Check the facts contained in the information with the help of reliable sources and experts in the relevant field.
  5. Avoid emotional reactions. Fake news can trigger an emotional reaction and lead you to share unconfirmed information. Before sharing any information, know that you can influence others with your words and that you are responsible for what you share.

All in all, information hygiene is an important skill in a world where information is easily accessible. Check sources, dates, photos, and facts to ensure that you are only sharing accurate information.

 
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