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Corona Virus: How To Prevent Misinformation From Going Viral ?

There is a lot of information being shared on the Internet these days about the Corona virus, including numerous tips and tips. Avoid blindly believing any kind of information, experts say. So how can we prevent the spread of misinformation ? In this Article we shall discuss the important points related to misinformation that How we can Stop these Rumors ?

Stop and Consider

The discomfort of communicating information quickly and helping your relatives and friends is natural.

When you receive a message on email, WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter, you may feel the urge to forward or forward it immediately.

Experts say that the first step should be to keep this message in mind and to find out more about it if there is something uncertain about it.

What is the source?

Before forwarding any message, ask yourself where this message is coming from.

If the sender is a friend of a friend or acquaintance of a relative, then it is not advisable to immediately believe the information is correct.

That is to say, if you do not know the sender very closely, do not trust. Many times educated people also play a role in forwarding or viraling inaccurate information.

Many times some of this information is correct and some is incorrect. For example, hand washing reduces the spread of the virus, which is true, but many of the methods used on social media to diagnose the disease are incorrect.

Cleric Milne, deputy editor of Fact, the UK’s fact-checking firm, said: ‘The information released by the public health bodies is the most trusted.’

It’s not that the experts know everything, but the information they get from a distant relative or a friend of a friend is better than what the specialist is providing.

Can the message be ‘faked’ or fake?

Apparently anything can deceive. It is possible to duplicate an account of a reputable company.

For example, BBC News or government agencies’ accounts. Many times when we look at screenshots we think the information is really coming from a reputable company but it is also possible to make fake screen shots.

In this case find information on certified accounts and websites. If information about a message cannot be easily obtained, it is necessary to doubt its authenticity.

If a video, post, or link appears to be inaccurate, it may actually be due to ‘Fake News’.

According to Cleary, if a message uses different fonts, that message could possibly be a fake.

If you doubt the authenticity, do not share

Never forward a message thinking it might be true. By sending a dubious message forward you can do more harm than good.

If you’re sharing a post where there are experts like medical practitioners and doctors, it’s not a bad thing, but make sure you specify in your post what concerns you about the information.

Also keep in mind that the image or message you are sharing can be used later in another way.

Check all the information individually

A voice note is being shared very well on the WhatsApp. The woman, who is heard in a voice note, says she is sharing the advice of a friend of hers who works at a hospital. This message has been sent to the BBC from around the world.

The suggestions in this message are true and some are lacking any scientific evidence to prove it.

Beware of emotional messages

Most of the content is unsettling, sad, annoying, or annoying. Such content goes viral very easily.

‘Fear of spreading misinformation plays a major role,’ said Cleary Wardle, a British draftsman who helps journalists deal with misinformation or ‘misinformation’ on the Internet.

The feeling of needing immediate action increases anxiety.

He said, ‘People are concerned for the safety of their close ones. When they see a message like how to deal with a virus, or a message that suggests the use of something healing, they want to help those closest to it immediately. ‘

Think about fairness

Before sharing a message, think about why you are sharing it. Is it because you agree with it or because you believe it is true ?

“We share messages that more closely resemble our own ideas,” says Carl Miller, research director for the Center for Analysis and Social Media at the British think tank Demos.

He said that in such a case we should not act quickly.

    James Daniel

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