Hoax: Did You Really Post That?

9.28.15

DID YOU KNOW THAT…

*Halloween falls on Friday the 13th this year for the first time in 666 years?

*Facebook is about to charge you to keep your private posts private, otherwise they’re all going to become public soon if you don’t pay up!!!!

*Recently an amnesiac awakened from a coma able to only speak ancient Hebrew!

*There is now a Facebook Drug Task Force monitoring all posts on Facebook!

Some are easy to spot. An internet post threatens that if it is not reposted within 24 hours, you will suffer a¬†terrible tragedy. Don’t we all believe that is untrue? But most of the hoaxes are not so bold. In fact, some of them have an ‘official’ look or tone to them. No doubt we’ve all passed along something that ended up to not be true. But if you have any time at all on Facebook, you should be aware of their existence and view odd posts with a raised eyebrow. Of course Facebook isn’t the only place that hoaxes reside. Many arrive at your email inbox.

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If something catches your eye enough that you are ready to excitedly share it with your network, I encourage you to think before you share. Thankfully, there are some websites you can go to in order to see if a particular post has been given the ‘true’ or ‘false’ label. ¬†Sites such as …

*Snopes.com – probably the best known. I’ve actually had people say to me, “I don’t believe Snopes” – which is quite ironic, but a personal choice I suppose. No website is perfect, but Snopes commonly provides outside links substantiating the claims it makes about the truthfulness of an item, or the lack thereof.

*Hoax-Slayer is another website that does the same thing. You might want to subscribe to their newsletter to get a ‘heads up’ about the latest scams and hoaxes floating around the internet.

*Truth or Fiction is a no-frills listing of current hoaxes circulating.

So before you get all excitable that Facebook is banning a picture of the Nativity (so hurry and repost it – there’s your clue), check it out. (LINK)

As I was writing this, friend Christine Abraham posted this on Facebook:

Don’t share until you validate. I’ve seen three posts today that are hoaxes or false rumors. Here’s how to test before your share:

1) type the first sentence of the post into a Google search
2) look for validation sites such as Snopes or Hoax-slayer
3) verify true or false before you spread the article

In particular, I think that Christians have a responsibility to check things out that look very strange or odd or may not be true. We don’t want to be linked to passing on fake links. And some of them are so obviously false, but we’re just not paying attention.

Thanks for reading, JD.

Related:

11 Hoaxes Your Gullible Facebook Friends Fell For in 2014

 

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