Hindustan Times


By Neha Yadav
Published Jan 12, 2023

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Tips To Stop Spreading Misinformation Online

There has been an exponential rise in the spread of misinformation on the internet and social media platforms

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As a responsible citizen, it is crucial to verify the information and stop it from spreading further

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Here are a few ways you can stop the spread of misinformation online

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It is very important to double-check and verify each piece of information before believing in it and sharing it with others

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Find out the main source of the information to know its authenticity. Check if the sources are credible or if they have any biases with respect to the topic

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Check the source

Relying on just one source will rule out objectivity. You will only look at a single perspective of a story if you refer to a single source

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Refer to more than one source

As an active internet user and an educated citizen, you must learn how to do basic fact-checks to know if any information is true or false

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Basic fact-check

Use tools like Google lens, Reverse image search and advanced search options to verify images and claims

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Half information is still misinformation. Any information sent to you must answer the basic 5Ws and 1H - What, Where, Who, When, Why, and How

Ask questions

Spreading misinformation on social media can be harmful and may have grave repercussions

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Don't forward misinformation

Refrain from believing what is shared on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook and urge your friends and family to do the same

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There are several websites that function with the core responsibility of debunking both misinformation and disinformation

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Debunk misinformation

If you come across any piece of information that attacks a certain community or an individual, request a professional fact-checker to debunk the information

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