What’s Real and What’s Fake? How to Spot Fake News Online
After spreading awareness of the best ways to act online in our #SocialWise campaign, we are back to offer up some advice on ways to spot fake news.
It’s like we are all living in some unorthodox movie right now, there’s fear and uncertainty in the air and unbeknown to us with every intention to not, we have a tendency, to believe everything we see. For that reason, fake news is spiralling out of control, so much so, No 10’s anti-fake news unit (yes they have an entire unit dedicated to fake news) is dealing with up to 10 false coronavirus articles a day!
Examples of Fake News
When you thought, you have seen and heard about all you can about ways in which you can beat the Coronavirus, another diamond gets thrown into the mix. We have heard everything, from hand dryers beating to spreading the virus, drinking copious amounts of alcohol will keep the virus at bay right the way through to taking cocaine will keep you virus free. It’s even been rumoured that packages from China are still carrying the virus! All claims are far-fetched and in some cases, scientifically impossible but there is ‘fake news’ out there that seem legit and believable…
Rainbows for Nightingale Hospital
A message started circulating which stated that the new Nightingale Hospital are asking for children to send in rainbow pictures. FAKE NEWS!