Randi is a Membership Clerk at Do Space
The state of our world seems to have changed overnight, leaving questions and uncertainty for us all. The rules on ‘what’s safe’ become narrower on a daily basis. While our news feeds are constantly pinging with urgent updates, there are some steps we can all take to distinguish between what is true or untrue in the media frenzy the pandemic has spurred.
Scammers are also taking advantage of the outbreak. The Federal Trade Commission recommends avoiding links, emails, online offers, and requests for donations from unfamiliar sources. There have also been reported cases of scammers calling and claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Social media platforms are notorious for facilitating the spread of misinformation. While big-name social media platforms are stepping up to confront the spread of misinformation, it is up to each of us to decide what we trust and believe.
What can you do to protect yourself from misinformation and scams?
Follow reputable news sources on social media.
Click on the links below to open the social media pages for the following sites. Click ‘Follow’ on these pages. On Facebook, set your preferences to see posts from these pages first.
Be critical of what you see and hear.
After reading a headline or article, ask yourself:
Look for signs of validity.
Check basic elements of validity before trust (and sharing) an article:
Diversify your news sources.
When you come across a news article that makes a bold statement or provokes a strong emotional response, take a moment to check how other news sources are addressing the topic. When in doubt, defer to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for factual information on COVID-19.
Defer to expert fact-checkers.
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