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Stop the Spread of Misinformation

Clickbait, memes, and viral posts often contain obvious misinformation, but what about everything else? Here’s what to look for to protect yourself and others from getting duped.

  1. Check the source. Look at what is being said. Is the website or person known for sharing facts or opinions? Is it mostly “us vs. them” language? Some articles or discussions might be heavily influenced and led by emotions and opinions. These messages can be quite compelling, especially if they trigger an emotional response. Trustworthy articles will present information in an unbiased manor and will use facts to support the information shared.
  2. Check the date. Is the article or social post positioned as recent news, but was published months or years ago? Is there updated information available elsewhere on the internet? As we learn more about COVID-19, information will change. Be sure to check that the information you are reading is recent.
  3. Check the data and motive. Where did the information originally come from? Is there an abundance of claims with no real evidence? Understand why it’s being said. Are they just trying to get views/clicks? Are they just looking for anything that supports their own worldview? Find the facts and don't be manipulated by those sharing misinformation to defend their beliefs.
  4. Still unsure? Use a reputable fact-checking website. Websites like FactCheck.org or Snopes.com are great resources if you’re still unsure. And check out FactSparrow, a social media bot that delivers fact-check links into Twitter conversations when tagged. Alternatively, reach out to a health expert, healthcare provider or the Porcupine Health Unit, if you are still unsure of the information you have received.

Stronger - Stronger is a campaign that fights against misinformation and for vaccines.

(https://stronger.org/resources/how-to-spot-misinformation)