The circulation of fake news about the coronavirus pandemic is very high right now so it is up to you to be alert to them. Fake news spread easily on social media, and trust me, you do not want to panic at a time like this. Let’s help you to sniff out the lies:
1. Source: Source is everything when it comes to news. Whenever you see “Stanford University”, “WHO” listed as a source, you should not believe immediately. Head to their official website to confirm before concluding that it is true news. If the source is not legit, that is nothing but a rumor.
2. Logo: Confirm if the organization’s logo used in the news looks the same as on the official site.
3. Poor English: Credible journalists and websites will rarely make spelling and grammatical blunders. Anything you see in just capital letters or news with several exclamation marks should be taken with a pinch of salt too.
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4. Fake social media accounts: There are lots of fake accounts mimicking real ones these days. For instance, the unofficial Twitter handle @BBCNewsTonight, a parody for the legit @BBCNews account recently tweeted that popular actor, Daniel Radcliffe tested positive for coronavirus, which was not true. So it is up to you to check the account properly before concluding.
5. Beware of what you share: You should not be too eager to share a message too. If it is fake, you have participated in spreading the fake news. Calm down, take your time, confirm before sharing anything.