I just loved this cartoon on how to spot fake news by NPR, so I am sharing it here with you!
Viral rumours tend to spike during large news events. According to the National Public Radio or NPR, these rumours or fake news are usually driven by self-interest, malicious intent, financial gain or genuine altruism. We need to do our part in preventing the spread of misinformation right now!
☑️ Exercise scepticism. Investigate. Do a fact check or ask for the source. If the information is false, let others know. If you’re not sure, don’t share it – break the chain!
☑️ Understand the misinformation landscape. Social media platforms have no financial obligation to tell the truth. If you need a fact check, look at credible sources such as the World Health Organization or CNN.
☑️ Be extra careful when you encounter emotional, divisive or breaking news stories. That’s when misinformation is the most common and effective.
Source: NPR or National Public Radio is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. https://www.npr.org/2020/04/17/837202898/comic-fake-news-can-be-deadly-heres-how-to-spot-it