Nowadays FAKE NEWS affects million of readers worldwide.
How to understand FAKE NEWS?
Developing a skeptic thinking and checking the source will lead to better understanding of how media is dealing with information, misinformation and disinformation.
We are all aware that fake news has some serious consequences and people struggle to separate them from the truth. Many online readers should have same trusted media sources.
DEVELOP A CRITICAL THINKING
Instead of approaching emotionally to the news, you should approach what you see and hear rationally and critically. it’s essential.
CHECK THE SOURCE
Check the URL of the page. Strange-sounding URLs that end in extensions like “.infonet” and “.offer,” rather than “.com” or “.co.uk,” or that contain spelling errors, may mean that the source is suspect. Check the publisher and news agency. Are they experts in this field? Consider their reputation and professional experiences.
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Who is affected by fake news?
According to statistics, three quarters of EU population is on social media, read newspapers and magazines online.
Million of people outside EU have to flee their homes because of war and political instability. The perception about refugees in not the same.
They are most vulnerable category on online, since it is more difficult to adapt to newest trends and technology.
Some EU and non EU people move to different parts of Europe. Stereotypes are frequently used by the locals.
Depending on age, children and youngsters are vulnerable searching on the online environment.
Many stars, decision makers, politicians are affected by fake news.
HOW TO FIGHT FAKE NEWS:
DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING
By developing critical thinking, we become more skeptical of the information provided. The information is not granted, but rather analyzed, compared and verified.
CHECK THE SOURCE
Find out who is the sender of the message, how secure is the source and information provided. Check for similar articles and how well were written.
CHECK THE EVIDENCE
True news usually contains the opinion of experts, relevant and updated images, analyzed data and official statistics. If these are missing, it is necessary to check the reason.
SEE WHO REPORTS THE INFORMATION
In case the information is fake, there will be other people reporting the article. Check the comments and who is reporting the errors.
If you have found a fake news, take action! You can report the article, fight the fake information with the true one and contact the authorities.