Yep. Fake news. Donald Trump’s favourite catchphrase for whenever someone disagrees with him or speaks about him negatively.
However, with the COVID-19 outbreak, the rise of fake news has been startling, and more than ever we feel it is important to highlight the power of digital and advise on the best way to stay safe online.
There have been countless times where I’ve had to fact check before repeating something I’ve read online to someone else. When the announcement of Caroline Flack’s death hit the press in February, I saw Twitter flash up with numerous tweets about it. After a sharp intake of breath, I quickly searched for a site I know that is reputable to confirm the news before speaking the news aloud. That’s the type of world we live in now, where you must fact check yourself before passing on information. There is power in words.Lanie
So what fake news has been doing the rounds?
In Issue 8, we take a look at the rumours and myths that have come about during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look at how to spot fake news and the best way of dealing with it. Click on the button below to visit Issue 8.