Tips and Advice

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  1. Get news and information from its original sources, and make sure to follow it from a variety of media platforms.
  2. Not taking allegations from unreliable sources, questioning the information they are promoting, and verifying their authenticity.
  3. Get used to using various search tools on the Internet to find out the origin of suspicious images and videos, such as using filters for date, place, time, keywords, etc.
  4. Ensure the authenticity of the accounts on social media, and verify the information attributed to the official bodies, and the statements and positions of public figures from its official pages and accounts.
  5. Be careful to follow the details of the story, because misinformation often depends on providing true but fragmented information from its context.
  6. Inquiring about the identity of the author of the post on social media, and who is the recipient of publishing this particular content, and whether he omits any important information related to the topic; The questioning method will help you reveal the truth.
  7. Examining the quality of the content, whether it is text, image or video, if the quality is poor, that is, for example, contains spelling errors or provides information without mentioning its sources, then this requires doubting the authenticity of that content.
  8. Pay attention to how the content is presented, if it is not professional we have to scrutinize its content more.
  9. Beware of believing the shocking news, that is, it includes exaggerated elements, as false news promoters often seek to fabricate an intense emotional response for the recipient.
  10. Attention to the context of the news and whether it is in the midst of a media war, i.e. if the publisher represents a party and the news that it promotes targets the opposite party, in which case we must beware that the news is part of a political propaganda campaign (propaganda).
  11. Be accurate in the information before major events and events, such as elections and sports tournaments. Also news about celebrities, politicians and public figures.
  12. Take our attitudes and partisans into account while judging the truth of a lie. We will likely tend to believe what is consistent with our convictions and is consistent with our view of the world, and we reject what contradicts our beliefs and opinions.
  13. Develop critical thinking skills and activate them in the face of false news, by examining the arguments underlying the prosecution and trying to refute it by invoking hypotheses other than the ones on which the story is based. It is also important to evaluate the evidence rationally, and to adopt scientific approaches in looking at everything that is published in the digital space.
  14. Reading about the nature of false news and its methods of promotion, and realizing its impact on awareness and its risks to the future of culture and knowledge, and the damages that can be inflicted on various aspects of human life.

Don't stop with the title

Most of the time, headline articles and news headlines are intended to entice readers by any means, even if deception is one of them. Therefore, we must always make sure to read the full story and all of its arguments.

Take a look at the publication date

Like many other things, news passes through a cycle of repetition, appearance and demise. Therefore, we always have to pay attention to the date of publication which may lead to misinformation or change in the context of the published news, if the news was old for example and was circulated again.

Check the reliability of the sources

Usually the media is based on sources that draw news or analysis, such as news agencies, research centers, experts, and others. We should always try to examine the reliability of these sources. When a media platform reports a search for a Canadian Center for Studies research, for example, without mentioning its name or the name of the research in full, this is an indication of the falsehood of the news, or random transmission from secondary sources, and not the study center itself , at least.

Sources may refer to unknown pages and news platforms, so we must always check the "Contact Us" or "Who We Are" sections on these sites, as the two sections contain important information that helps verify the identity of the site's owners and their journalistic experiences, in addition to the policy Editorial of the media establishment, often satirical news sites, for example, are a source of news that their publishers claim to be true.

Make sure there is evidence and that it is reliable

The media and some social media posts often cover breaking events and news, for example, depicting armed robbery through a video. It is easy to provide any evidence, and it is easy to modify it to suit a specific purpose. Therefore, we should always check the evidence presented to us in the news, question its validity by searching for the news in more than one source, and cut the video into fixed clips that we search for through the image search feature on Yandex or Google. We must not forget that the form and type of evidence differs, as the evidence may be an eyewitness to the event, while we depend on the history of the published media platform and the extent of its credibility, while maintaining suspicion and not completely submitting.

Diversify news sources

If we come across a story and attract our attention, we must try before convincing it to take a look at other sources talking about it, then the first news publisher might be mistaken or fake without knowing.

Keep checking the news

Follow-up to news examiners keeps us informed of false news matters, and the most important promoters of falsehood and counterfeiters. It protects us from believing rumors and news that may harm us and our society. Therefore, it is recommended that you follow the "Misbar" and other news-checking sites.

Everyone has his own biases

When we recognize our involuntary prejudices and develop a critical sense in the most logical news for us, we reduce the possibility of our deception with false news. A person is usually reassured by news that is consistent with his belief and ideas, or that he thinks at first sight is logical. Therefore, we must have a sense of criticism and rethink all the publications and news we encounter on the Internet, in order not to spread false news and contribute to its promotion.

Resist the urge to publish

Sometimes, the publication or news is attractive and may generate interaction with us by our friends and loved ones, which is a justified human desire, but we have to resist it and think before publishing any news or publication that may contain false or misleading news, and follow the aforementioned steps before participation.