3 Questions To Ask When Identifying Reliable Information

3 Questions To Ask When Identifying Reliable Information

The world runs on information. Media outlets like the internet, social media, television, and radio, allows information to spread easily around the world and aids us in navigating our daily lives. The weather, traffic reports, stock market updates, local news, and national news compose only a shortlist of the information that many seek out daily. Accurate information is key to making efficient decisions. It is important to be able to identify false information so that you will not fall victim to inaccurate and misleading content.

In the wake of the 2016 American presidential campaign, a term known as “fake news” became popularized. The term “fake news” suggested that prominent news outlets were deliberately providing inaccurate information to influence public opinion. Meanwhile, news reports spoke daily about foreign interference in the campaign process. These claims and reports only served to create a divide between government reports and national news reports.

Recently, many rumors are floating around about COVID-19. With COVID-19 claiming the lives of so many, it is understandable as to why it is a major topic of discussion. Rumors or fake news can be harmless, but sometimes, they can be downright dangerous. A suggested method to self-treat COVID-19 by injecting or ingesting Clorox and Lysol is a clear example of information going dangerously wrong. But, sometimes, the information is out there before it can be stopped. It is becoming increasingly important to be able to identify false information or “fake news” for the safety of yourself and your family. Here are some 3 questions to ask when identifying reliable information.

  1. Is this a reliable source? Check to see if the source has a history of providing accurate and trustworthy content.
  2. Is this information current? Information is constantly being updated. Make sure that the information your consuming is current and relevant.
  3. Is this information backed by other trustworthy sources? Typically, once the information is out there, it is out there. You should easily be able to find the same or similar information from other sources to verify authenticity.

Final Word

We are constantly being bombarded with information from all walks of life. Every media outlet wants to have the latest news and the top story. Everyone wants to be right and have all the right answers. But we must be careful not to speak or act too quickly. Fear driven times breeds rumors, misinformation, and manipulation. Do not fall victim to inaccurate information.

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References

https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/primers/fake-news-primer/

https://www.prattlibrary.org/research/tools/index.aspx?cat=90&id=4735

https://www.summer.harvard.edu/inside-summer/4-tips-spotting-fake-news-story

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