In my other life on Facebook, I’m always on the watch for fake news – it’s become endemic to today’s online world. And I’m not talking about the good satire from The Onion that has the intention of giving you a good laugh while making commentary — there are a lot of sites that purposely make something just outrageous enough to get people to believe it and share it, in order to generate clicks and ad revenue.
Years ago, I temporarily helped spread a particularly embarrassing bit of false information, and vowed never to let it happen again.
I now regularly check on anything that seems too good to be true, and am particularly wary of anything of major importance that directly appeals to my interests. If I don’t know the site (and I already know not to believe anything on the Daily Current, or any apparent news source with .co added — like NBC.com.co), I’ll take a phrase from the story and put it in google to see what I can find.
Here’s a good article related to the recent fake news story about NIDA paying people $3,000 a week to smoke pot:
It’s very important for us as activists to be reliable and trustworthy sources of information.