How to Spot Misinformation Online

We have all seen contents that seems absolutely crazy or unbelievable. The thing is, there’s a lot of misinformation out there these days. So if the content seems too good to be true, or it makes you really upset, it’s very possible that it could be false or misleading content. But there’s good news: you have tools so that you can use to help sort through misinformation and identify what’s real and what’s fake.

  • Verify the source and date of the information.
  • Check to see if you can tell who the original author is.
  • Search online for the information in other sources.
  • Watch out for info that triggers a strong emotional response.
  • Read the text for sensational language or loaded terms. 
  • Double-check contents to see if they’re accurate. 
  • Look up the claim on a fact-checker site.
  • Zoom into an image for hints about the actual location.
  • Do a reverse image search to find out when it first appeared on the web.
  • Check an account’s username for random letters and numbers.
  • Read the account bio to see if it matches the user’s activity.
  • Find out when the account was created if you can.
  • Do a reverse-image search on the profile pic to see if it’s fake.
  • Look at the user’s activity to see if it’s suspicious.

Misinformation isn’t just annoying, it can be dangerous. But by identifying it, you can help stop the spread of it.

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unnikrishnan

My name is Unnikrishnan Anilkumar and interested in photography, travel, and tech-related stuff.

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