This era is characterized by an unprecedented flow of information, thanks to the internet and social media. While it’s broadened our access to knowledge, it’s also created an environment where disinformation thrives.
Disinformation – the deliberate spread of false or misleading information, is a threat to systems that rely on shared facts. Here are 20 everyday ways to counteract disinformation, and protect our nation’s fundamental democratic principles.
Don’t rely on a single source. Cross-reference information with multiple reputable sources to ensure accuracy.
Make sure the information is up to date. Old information presented as current can be misleading.
If you come across disinformation, report it to the platform or website hosting the content, and use their reporting mechanisms.
Pause before sharing
Avoid sharing information you haven’t verified. Even sharing with the intent of debunking can spread disinformation further.
Promote digital literacy
Encourage digital literacy and critical thinking in schools and communities to empower people to recognize and combat disinformation.
Check your biases
Be aware of your own biases and how they might influence your perception of information.
Support efforts for more transparency in online content and advertising. Encourage social media platforms to label or limit the spread of false information.
Encourage individuals and organizations to take responsibility for the information they share and consume.