Guide to detect fake news on the internet and social networks

Taking into account some basic points, you can quickly identify a fake news and stop a false information that can manipulate us or create an unnecessary alarm.

Fake news, or fake news, is a phenomenon against which the authorities are making great efforts, given the damage they can cause among the population. It is false information deliberately created with the intention of deceiving or misinforming. In addition, fake news usually seek to create confusion, influence personal decisions and damage or give value to the image of people, entities or institutions.

EiTB, through its campaign, has developed a decalogue or guide to detect false news on the internet and social networks. They are basic points, which are often overlooked, but with a moment’s attention the falsehood is quickly unmasked.

Guide to detect fake news on the internet and social networks
Guide to detect fake news on the internet and social networks

To recognize a fake news, the first thing to do is to look at the signature, since they are usually anonymous, they do not cite sources and they do not indicate the date, but they ask that the message be spread. Other times it seems to come from a reliable medium of communication, but if you did not know it before, be suspicious. In addition, fake news websites often simulate the web or URL of prestigious media.

If, in spite of appearing incredible, it bears a signature from some apparently recognizable medium or institution, it is necessary to pay attention to the text itself. They usually contain misspellings and abuse of capital letters and exclamation marks, which would never happen in official information or recognized media.

Another of the clues that help identify false information is the “exclusivity” that sometimes seems to have some means, if it is an important news, it should appear in more than one medium, even if it is exclusive.

Finally, we must let ourselves be led by common sense and not share something that would not be signed by oneself and that seems too good to be real. Also, keep in mind that family and friends can also make mistakes and send you a fake news, but by making a minimum contrast, many problems can be avoided.

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