Scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I often question which posts are reliable or not. It is not the posts from “The New York Times” or “The Huffington Post” that make me question Facebook’s credibility, but instead posts from “UNILAD” or “Everything News.” Especially with recent allegations against Facebook for foreign influence operations through their site, Facebook users should look further into the information they find on social media. So, how should one decide if information found on Facebook is authentic?
Y'all will RT anything without fact checking my goodness
— lucky (@yuckyxlucky) September 9, 2018
To determine the validity of a post, Facebook users should stop scrolling and click through. By just reading the headline of a post, there can be a lot of misunderstanding and misinterpretation of information. Clicking on the link and reading the information behind a post can reveal whether or not the source is believable.
Users should also do further research to find out if that information comes from a factual source. The phrase “don’t believe everything you hear on the internet” stands true, which is why fact-checking is important. Of course, when scrolling past a post from “BBC” or “The Wall Street Journal,” most people do not question its integrity, but a post from a random troll account could reveal otherwise.
A Facebook group for survivors of sexual assault had over 15,000 members sharing stories in a place they thought was safe. Then the trolls took over and the harassment began. https://t.co/yvwXaQhG0B
— WIRED (@WIRED) September 5, 2018
It is unfortunate how such a powerful social media site is being mistreated with the use of fake news and the spread of false information. However, it has been recognized that Facebook is making efforts to improve their site and validate their authenticity. With this realization, hopefully users will start to become more cautious about where they are receiving their information from. Read more here: https://www.adweek.com/digital/facebook-news-feed-algorithm-authenticity-timing/