I Want To Believe: How to Find True Facts and Information

I Want to Believe

In a world where info and images can be distorted and photoshopped,  it is good to know that you can find the truth. 

DO these things:

Check your Source:  How?  Think it through and ask these questions: 

Ask, What is the source?  Is it reliable? Is it biased? Is it satire?

One quick way to tell: if a source is a hoax, the url looks like a known source such as abcnews.com, but with an additional .co added, such as abcnews.com.co    Check with Politifact for more on this and and lists of sites to avoid.

  • When reading a trusted site, still ask, what facts are provided? For further info, check facts with factcheck .org,
  • Is this a claim made by a political figure ? Check political statements or claims with politifact.org
  • Do you have questions about a photo used with a story?  Photos can be taken from one source and used in an unrelated story as false support.  To find the original source of a photo, right click on it, then copy and paste the url from where it appears into Reverse image search to find the photo's original source.  Now you can tell if it has been misused! tineye is another site to use to check an image.  
  • Is this an opinion,  how one person or group sees the event or situation, with facts used to support the opinion?  
  • If this is an opinion, what facts support it? Again, check them with factcheck.org
  • Snopes is a good place to check the quickly changing landscape of media topics
  • Wondering if something is satire? This is a good place to check: realorsatire.com While no list is comprehensive, this is a good start. You can type in the url you want to check and browse the archives. 
  • Want something smart and fun to check your nose for inaccurate news?   Challenge yourself to find the true news story  with Factitious.

All of the above can help you determine the truth.  Quickly check and find out if this could this be:

  • a hoax?
  • propaganda?
  • deliberate false statements?
  • a biased presentation of a situation that is not very simple?
  • sloppy reporting of an event or statement, causing misunderstanding? 
  • satire? Is this piece not even intended to be true? Be careful, some sound good enough to be true, but don't be "that guy" who re-posts satire as truth on a Facebook page. 

Are you a teacher seeking engaging  activities to get  students digging for the truth? Click HERE

Want More?  Go here for a page that goes deeper and uses even more technology to help you in your quest for truth, and links you to sources which show the methods and standards of international factchecking.

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