5 easy steps to combat fake news while on your mobile phones
Along with the pandemic, fake news also spreads abound bringing to attention the likewise important need to combat the scourge of misinformation.
With the need for credible real-time updates, the call for social media responsibility has also risen exponentially with fake news keeping pace with the spread of the virus. With that, here are 5 easy steps to be a responsible mobile phone user by keeping the “fake news virus” at bay: 1. Don’t share posts and news stories immediately Most headlines are crafted to give an enticing summary or lead-in to a story, but they aren’t always what they are, so it’s better to go through the entire story first. Oh, and make sure to check the date as well because some people tend to share news updates from even a few years back. 2. Read through for inconsistencies Are you fond of reading stories actively or passively? By actively reading through articles, one could already deduce the credibility of the story. Fake news tends to include outrageous claims, biases, questionable facts and figures, and grammatical errors—one that a credible writer would seldom commit. 3. Be on the lookout for the source We sometimes open shared articles or read news posts without checking who shared or posted these. To be sure, check the source of the story or post—it is usually located at the top or bottom of posts and images. For external links, scan through the website address located on top of the headline and verify it first before clicking—shady web addresses can lead to virus-infested websites.