A lot of false information circulates on the web. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to tell the difference from real information!
Why is the information being distributed?
Does it look like it was made specifically to scare people, make them laugh, get them angry, or cause them to react in some way? 😳😭😤
Who’s distributing the info?
Are the author of the news item and the website it’s on credible?
Do some research to find out if the site has a good reputation and if it generally distributes serious content. You can also do research on the author, his/her email address, his/her network, and the information he/she has posted before. In short, take the time to find out whether the source of the information deserves your trust!
Can I verify the facts?
Is this news or a personal opinion? If the info is supported by facts, where do they come from? Does the author cite sources? There are several sites whose mission is to uncover hoaxes and scams circulating on the web. Use them when you’re in doubt!
When was the info distributed?
Often, false information has been circulating for quite a long time, and there may be several versions: in English, in French, adapted for Quebec, etc. You can find this out in a couple of clicks by doing a search. On the TinEye site, you can also check if an image has been published elsewhere or has been retouched.
What are the consequences if I share the info?
Could it harm somebody? Could it influence someone or make them waste time? Is the content too good to be true? Is it really useful? If it wouldn’t be helpful to share something or it risks doing more harm than good, don’t do it!
It only takes you a few minutes to find out if information is true and avoid spreading fake news!