ABC: Five ways you’re being fooled by fake stories online

Sign into any social media platform and you’re immediately bombarded by endless feeds full of links to news stories, often accompanied by breathless comments or rants, each jostling for a precious sliver of your attention.

Throw in the fact that fake news spreads faster online than the truth and it can be hard to quickly and accurately discern what’s real from the hoaxes.

So don’t believe everything you read — or see or hear. Here are a few common ways you’re getting conned while scrolling through your social media feed.

Nearly seven hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every second. Some 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram every day.

This provides an incredibly rich source of material that can be wrongfully repurposed and quickly become viral.

In our first category, out-of-date or out-of-context content isn’t manipulated or edited, but is presented inaccurately.

Visual Social Media Lab study found about 30 per cent of problematic photos online are actually real photos presented out of context.

For instance, during the Thai cave rescue operation this year, a clip showing a cave diver negotiating extremely narrow twists and turns made the rounds on social media.

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… and finally, literal fake news

This is a separate category based on intention.

Rather than focusing on humour or marketing, “classic” fake news organisations aim to run, via social media, disinformation campaigns.

One of the best-known conspiracy theory websites was InfoWars, which had a vast audience before it was shut down on all the major social media platforms.

Managed by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, InfoWars pushed harmful stories claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Boston Marathon bombing were hoaxes with crisis actors.

Others organisations and websites also run fake news campaigns, sometimes for revenue brought from click-ads and sometimes for political purposes.

So how can I find out what’s real and what’s not?

Some of the worst perpetrators for spreading fake stories are aggregator accounts.

Their goal is to generate as many clicks and shares as possible and accuracy isn’t a high priority.

So if you see something that looks a bit fishy, try searching for exact phrasing or keywords in the story— particularly location — and see if anyone’s already debunked it.

Chances are, if it’s been around long enough, someone has.

For instance, if you were to take the internet on its word, a man named Sam Hyde has been responsible for almost every mass shooting in the United States.

But Hyde is a comedian. He has never been involved in a mass shooting. Still, trolls on Twitter publish his photo following every gun attack with national coverage.

Pay attention to clues like language, licence plates and road signs to nut out where the photo or video was originally taken.

Be critical of eyewitness accounts posted to social media. They may not be lying but they can be mistaken, or perhaps they only saw part of the incident.

Often after domestic attacks, witnesses will tell police they heard the perpetrator speaking Arabic; in many cases, neither the perpetrator nor the witness understand the language.

There are tools available for people that can readily debunk a fake. A quick reverse image search can tell you if a photo has been used online before, and Snopes has a database dedicated to viral content.

And while not always reliable, you might check what other readers are saying about viral content.

If a tweet attracts a large-enough audience, it will often have rebukes and debunks in replies or comments.

Finally, put more trust in information from news outlets that can confirm claims through official sources — even if they’re not completely immune to being fooled too.


oh the irony..

“Finally, put more trust in information from news outlets that can confirm claims through official sources — even if they’re not completely immune to being fooled too.”


so who do they say to put all your trust in?

“A quick reverse image search can tell you if a photo has been used online before, and Snopes has a database dedicated to viral content.”

In 1994, David and Barbara Mikkelson created an urban folklore web site that would become Snopes was an early online encyclopedia focused on urban legends, that mainly presented search results of user discussions. The site grew to encompass a wide range of subjects and became a resource to which Internet users began submitting pictures and stories of questionable veracity. According to the Mikkelsons, Snopes antedated the search engine concept where people could go to check facts by searches.

mikkelson..want to make a bet hes one of (((them)))?


~ by seeker401 on September 19, 2018.

7 Responses to “ABC: Five ways you’re being fooled by fake stories online”

  1. this:

    (deserves a separate post, imo)

  2. lol


    another fake story

    • To spur action, a coalition led by billionaire Bill Gates, former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva on Tuesday launched the Global Commission on Adaptation to lessen the damage.

      conga line of assholes..

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