For me, I use a combination of my own judgement and Facebook’s own verification services, in order to decipher whether the page feeding me information is trustworthy or not. This isn’t an uncommon thought process for to go through, as, almost daily, I find my Facebook newsfeed cluttered with “Breaking News” that seems ridiculous. I’ve trained myself to second guess everything I read before I really believe it.
— Huzlers (@HuzlersMedia) June 30, 2018
Once I see a headline like that, before I actually internalize it, I go and look at the account name, link, or organization and make sure I’ve heard of it or that it’s reputable. In this case, the story is ridiculous, the organization is known for false news, and the grammar isn’t even correct, “dyes” should clearly be “dies”. Clear indications that this is fake. 9 times out of 10, ridiculous headlines are complete nonsense, and this is one of those times. The one thing that usually alleviates my concerns, is that tiny blue verification checkmark. Though Facebook has been less than trustworthy recently, knowing that they have double checked an account and deemed it legitimate is enough for me to trust it. Here are their guidelines to what gets verified: https://www.facebook.com/help/1288173394636262
When I see a post like this, there is nothing to make me think that it is untrue.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 29, 2018
The content seems legitimate, the organization is reputable, and Twitter has told me that they have verified that the page is trustworthy. As a result, I have no reason to think that this information is false.
It’s crazy to think that years ago, the deceit on the internet was primarily located on sketchy websites, but today on websites as mainstream as Facebook, there is everything from ridiculous news stories to news stories with strong and hidden political agendas.