5 tips for not falling into fake news

Lies have always existed. Misleading speeches too. However, with the arrival of the internet and the consequent globalization, it has become increasingly easier to convey information that may even seem true, but it is not.

The Journalism professor at the Center for Communication and Letters (CCL) at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (UPM), Denise Paiero, has set aside some tips on how to recognize and fight fake news.

1. Be wary of the information you receive, especially from social networks

Nowadays, there are many channels for the circulation of false information, disseminated quickly over the internet. They are used to manipulate people and destroy reputations, in addition to having been used around the world to influence elections, spread panic and give wrong information that can even put lives at risk.

Often, through instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp, for example, the information is propagated without a source, we do not know where it comes from or if the source is false. It is common to circulate audios attributed to “experts” or “people who know someone who said that”. So, the tip is simple: always be suspicious of this type of information.

2. Question the veracity of news information

People tend to believe in what meets their own thinking, especially within the “bubbles” of the internet, where we are connected to people who think like us. Therefore, fake news that confirms or reinforces ideas and values ​​that the person already has will easily seem true and will often be shared without any questioning.

If no one assumes the origin of the information, it’s strange. If it sounds “too good to be true” or is something very important but hasn’t appeared in other vehicles, be wary. Still, it is always good to pay attention to the date of the information. Sometimes a real news story that was published years ago is decontextualized and shared, which can confuse the recipient.

3. Use check sites to find out if it’s fake or not

There are fact-checking sites, in which highly qualified professionals work, prepared to verify and check the information produced by the correct ways, evaluating whether it is true or not. In Brazil, Professor Denise highlights the following:

  • Magnifying Glass Agency
  • Fact or Fake
  • Proof Project
  • E-Scams

And, for those who want to improve their knowledge of fake news, there is the “Vaza, Falsiane” project, which offers a free course on the subject.

4. See if the news was published in reliable news outlets

Well-known media outlets that actually work with journalism, whether in the mainstream or alternative press, are committed to fact-finding. If they publish lies, their credibility (which is their greatest asset) will be affected. Media that feed on fake news are not worried about this, and some sites that spread fake news even try to camouflage themselves as journalistic sites and use the structure and resources of the news to give the lie a true guise.

It is not because it has a journalism face that it is journalism. It is essential that we always know who discovered and originally released the news. When in doubt, go after the original source.

5. Do not share the information without being sure of its veracity

Never share something saying “I’m not sure it’s true, but I’ll send it anyway”. Anything can circulate on the networks and if you share without checking, it could be used as a tool for a lie-spreading gear. Even real-looking videos that show images and scenes may have been edited and taken out of context.

Keep in mind that fake news feeds on shares. Therefore, don’t go ahead without being sure of the truth of the fact. If we all do this, we will be able to break out of the path of false news and it will have no more force.

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