Fact Checking Posts And The Signals You Can Send On Social Media

The Information Superhighway is a good thing, right? For the most part. But, there is also an entire subset of folks who simply don’t have the skillset to navigate the deluge of information.

Luckily, we have a fairly simple network to help us along the path. Still, mistakes can happen. Mistakes are learning opportunities, right?

Well, maybe not for some.

If I post something on social media that is easily proven wrong or out of context (let me have my context-less jokes though, please), please feel free to link to an article showing that my post is wrong or false. Snopes, Politifact, WaPo, NYT. They all specialize in this. Give me a link to something verifiable, and I’ll investigate and question my own post.And if you comment that all those are biased, just know I will read your comment as “I’m part of the problem and have nothing to add here as I am not equipped for this.”

If you do that, there is a good chance I will either delete my post, or make an edit admitting the error for others to learn from. I will also seriously consider the source of the material I got wrong and file that in the “probably don’t share from these people again” file.

What I won’t do is be a little bitch, delete your link and leave my original post up with just the comments telling me they agree with me up. See, to me, that would be a signal to the world that I know I’m spreading lies and I’m okay with that. And I just don’t want to be that guy. But, you know, you do you I guess.


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