There are three different kinds of false information:
Information that is false, but not created with the intention of causing harm.
Sharing a story on Facebook that you later learn is false is an example of spreading misinformation. Consider the following questions in your search for the truth:
- Is the claim believable or realistic?
- Is this a well-known news organization or website?
Information that is false and deliberately created to harm a person, social group, organization, or country.
Sharing a story on facebook that you know is false is an example of spreading disinformation. Consider the following questions:
- Do they have sources for their information?
- Is the same information available from a trusted outlet?
- Is the author real and reliable?
Information that is based on reality and used to inflict harm on a person, organization, or country.
Malinformation can come in the form of harassment or hate speech, and target people because of their history or group (i.e., race or religion). Consider the following questions:
- Did it happen recently? (Check for a date)
- Does it appeal to your emotions?
- Is bias clouding your judgement?
What can I do to find credible vaccine information?
Fact check claims you see on social media or in online articles to verify whether or not they are true.
- Use reputable sources to fact-check information.