Social media has proven to be unreliable during this dreaded outbreak, but not all information you see could be false! All you need to do is check for it.
Imagine this: You’re searching for recent information regarding the infamous COVID-19 outbreak, when you see a “tip” online saying you have to do something because it will “protect” you, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with the virus itself. Information from the internet is heavily relied on in our day and age. Though recently, the virus has brought with it a plethora of misinformation.
Many different websites have been reported to have false information regarding the government’s actions during the pandemic. One such website had claimed that Congress and Bill Gates had “predicted” the outbreak, and had also claimed that congress “owned” the patent to the coronavirus itself. Although they had done a fictional representation of the outbreak, they explicitly stated that it was by no means a prediction.
Other websites have things that they claim to be related to the virus, but are truly just conspiracy theories. The false information in general is all too common. Some go as far as to claim that sunlight kills the virus, and providing a possible “cure” for the virus itself. But don’t be too quick to believe it, since it is most likely false information.
Here are some tips on how to spot false information:
- Fact check it! If you research the topic and find no original source or original information, it’s most likely not true.
- Was there a quote or citation? If so, search the quote, and see if it truly was something the supposed person said.
- If you are doubting the truth of the article, stay away! Thorough checking and/or research of the topic can help spot “fake news”.