News Where we Encounter it: Social Media
Pause before you click
How news stories enter our lives has changed radically, but we're still depending on assumptions about how print and TV news filtered truth from fiction. IOW, we're assuming other people (or search tools) are filtering for credibility. THEY AREN'T.
The emotional urge to share news you encounter on social media often overpowers the rational mind. It's so powerful, that it boosted fake news shares above real news in the weeks leading up to the Fall 2016 US elections.
Before you click and share, pause! Evaluate the item with these criteria to determine whether an article is worth sharing:
If you read no further, at least consider pledging to:
- Share only after reading the full article. (Headlines are often overstated and sometimes even contradict the article.)
- Share only when you know the source. (Is it nbc.com, or nbc.com.co? One is real, the other fake.)
- Wait a few minutes before sharing. (Let the jolt of indignation, concern, or enthusiasm subside so your rational mind can take the wheel.)