This editorial by Kwame Opam of The Verge caught my attention today, emphasizing that we all need to slow down a bit online and think for ourselves and do our own fact checking before instantly sharing, with these summary tips:
- Take stock of the outlets you believe in.
- When a story seems suspicious from a trusted source, weight it against reporting elsewhere.
- Allow yourself to compare stories and voices before forming an opinion and sharing it with the world.
- Forget being the friend who shares all news first, and instead focus on sharing the truth.
This challenge isn’t just true online, it’s become a common problem in our everyday society where the emphasis is on being the first to report something, and not the most accurate, to be the one with the catchiest headline, not the actual facts. Don’t expect someone else to curate your world view for you, so think before you share.