We do our share to combat social and Facebook hoaxes here at Social News Daily, and now, you can join the good fight against malevolently designed disinformation with us.
I want you to save the following image to your desktop. I want you to keep it battle-ready. When you see someone fall for a hoax, I want you to share it with them. When you fall for a hoax I want you, in good faith, to share it yourself.
Remember your training. Each social or Facebook hoax has its unique nuances, but a couple of general rules apply to almost all of them:
- Lack of reputable source: We’re not even talking about snopes (which is awesome), we’re talking about any link to a place you’ve actually heard of that’s not The Onion. Follow a story’s links until you get to the source. Google the topic to see if it has received wide coverage, or if anyone has confirmed the story.
- The “About” page: Check out a site that a story is coming from. The “About” section will declare whether the news you’re reading is meant for satirical or entertainment purposes.
- Memes are lies: Almost every single political meme you see is tailored to affirm confirmation bias, and thus, paints a very arbitrary (read: dishonest) picture about the actual data it claims to represent.
- Begging for shares: Any post that begs for shares, comments, likes and clicks is a scam 99% of the time.
- Personal information: Any post that asks for personal information of any kind in order to view its promised content is probably a phishing scam.
You can always check Social News Daily for the latest social and Facebook hoaxes. Help us keep the internet bullshit-free!
Author: Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.