Monday, news broke that the biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake.
This week Facebook also launched a new tool that lets users check whether their data was harvested during the Cambridge Analytica data scandal; a breach that has affected approximately 87 million users, mainly in the United States.
As Russian hackers attack and stories about cyber terrorism continue to make headlines, we thought it best to compile this handy list of things you need to stop sharing on social media – RIGHT NOW!
Much of this is common sense, but you may find yourself identifying some surprising blind spots as well.
3News stories you haven’t fact-checked
People will literally only read a headline and click “share” without even reading the article.
Be honest, we’ve all done it.
One time my friend posted a scandalous headline that received over 100 comments of heated debate – but when I clicked the link to read the story, there wasn’t one!
The page was apparently a prank to see how many people would share it with no content. And they proved their point.
No matter how salacious and fascinating a clever headline may be – always check your source. Otherwise you may be spreading propaganda (or just plain nonsense) to your trusting followers.
Also – this goes for death announcements as well.
Ya’ll post emotional “Rest in Peace” memorials to Ruby Dee and Lena Horne every year without realizing they both passed ages ago.