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5 important tips to protect yourself

Currently known as fake newsthe news that contains in its content, facts referring to “untruths” and does not come from reliable sources with correct information, can currently be more common than it seems, and in most cases they are shared by social networks, in a disproportionate way as if in fact it was true news.

In the age of the internet, social networks and connection, they are much more common to occur as it used to be, but in fact the term fake news has existed for a long time, and comes from the information age through tv, newscasts (but of course, it was much easier to “fix” the faux pas).

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Know what you need to avoid sharing fake news to your friends and relatives

Currently, it is possible to see thousands of Fake News scattered around daily, after all, there are still no filters for untrue news and many people publish whatever they want on the networks, and according to cnn brazil 4 out of 10 brazilians receive fake news daily.

As if this were a common problem, even we ourselves run the risk of “sharing” false notes, falling into scams and even clicking on news links with malware, for example.

And for specialists in communication and social media, digital environments and information technology, there are some simple “tricks” to avoid these dreaded and problematic Fake News, and then we separated the main strategies, which you need to take note of to “verify” that the news in question is really true, and obviously not fall into scams or fake news. Check it out:

1. Check the website and source, and avoid fake news

Currently in the digital age there are thousands of websites circulating and publishing facts, news, and when sharing information, it is always essential to take a look at which “site” you found this information and whether it is indeed relevant.

Also check CNPJ, if this website has “renown”, if the information is in line with safe and reliable sources, such as the name of the journalist in question, obtaining practically the main data of the company that published the note, it can be a very nice strategy to be able to trust this information cited in a publication and thus escape from “sharing fake news”.

2. Understand what type of publication the article is about and know how to differentiate

There are some types of content posted on the websome are “opinionated articles” referring to the personal thoughts of the journalist or author, others are news of an informative journalistic nature and, in this case, for materials of journalistic nature it is essential to verify if this content has “safe and reliable sources” with links directed to these sourceswhich bring credibility to the quoted information, and if it is also a type of material that shows all sides involved, that is, it gives voice to the different positions and people involved in the matter and in the case in question.

Therefore, the more sources, links and information based on data from large institutions (more reliable can be a material from the internet).

3. Be wary of viral and click baited content

You must have already come across online those materials available on the networks with very flashy titles such as, for example, “die famous ..” quoting a person from the artistic world, in addition to dear and public people. It is usually called “click bait” or untrue materials, misleading advertising, with flashy titles that aim to obtain a significant number of clicks (since it whets the reader’s curiosity), and in many cases the facts cited in the video, news, they are still liars and unreliable.

In addition to viral content that asks for a lot of sharing and is news, it is always important to be suspicious of these materials and, just in case, avoid sharing, since it is often a great fake news.

4. Search google always

If you have entered the internet and come across a very important piece of news, enter the topic of the news in the google search field, and then check if this same news is also being cited by other “big and renowned sites”. As a rule, when news is really true, it is replicated several times on different sites, by numerous communication vehicles.

If in this case it is being replicated by secure sources and sites, as a confirmation, by reputed institutions usually comes to a true noteotherwise be suspicious and do not share.

For example, we have a note on the death of the actress from the classic film “Look who is talking” Kirstie Alleywho died on December 5, 2022, aged 71, from a colorectal cancerthis news was replicated on foreign sites, and confirmed in a farewell note on the social networks of one of the actress’s childrena few hours after this confirmation, when searching on google in actress wikipediaadded the date of her death (only after family confirmation), which also “made it true” that the actress did, in fact, pass away.

Which proves the need for multiple factors, information and secure sources, until the transmission of a fact, and finally confirmation that a note is really true.

5. Never share anything on impulse

Haste can mean in popular sayings the “enemy of perfection”, and in cases of fake news it can even become a legal problem in many cases, since if in fact a newspaper or information vehicle publishes a lie about someone or some fact, it can truly be prosecuted for it.

Therefore, it is always important to read and reread news, explore sources, verify information and even “form” your own personal opinion about the fact in question, and only after that share, after all, never sharing anything on impulse can be a tip prudent not to be a collaborator of untrue notes, fake news and, above all, to collaborate with the media education.

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