Have you ever read something so outrageous that you just knew it wasn’t true? You probably don’t want to share this information with your friends or family members, but what if there was a way to verify its validity before you do so? Well there is! The fact check is a simple process that anyone can do at home. It doesn’t require much time or effort and can save you from sharing misinformation with others. So how do you verify something? Here are four simple steps:
Step 1. Ask yourself, “Does this content align with my worldview?”
If you read something and it doesn’t align with your worldview, you should be skeptical. If something adjusts, it should make you more trusting. You might think this is obvious, but it’s not always clear to people how to determine whether or not content aligns with their worldview. One way is to ask yourself, “Is this post consistent with what I already believe? Am I likely to change my mind when presented with evidence to support a claim?”
Step 2. Search sideways or search alternative sources for evidence of the same information.
If you’re looking for evidence of the same information from other sources, look at other sources on the same subject. Also, try to find sources that aren’t on the same side of the political spectrum as your original source – this helps remove confirmation bias and provide a more unbiased view of an issue.
Step 3. Examine the source and authors of the content you are reading.
Examine the source and authors of the content you are reading. This is a crucial step in determining how trustworthy new information is, and it’s not always easy to do it yourself. However, there are many tools that can help with this process. For example, if you see an article from a news outlet you trust (like NPR or The New York Times), you can be fairly confident that they’ve done their due diligence before publishing an article online. If it’s from another website or publication that doesn’t have that much brand awareness — or even one with no brand awareness — you should look at the background before sharing it with others.
Step 4. Look out for red flags that the content is misleading, such as: E.g. excessive language and capital letters, missing sources and citations, missing bylines, incorrect contact information and images that do not match the content.
Look out for warning signs that the content is misleading, such as E.g. excessive language and capital letters, missing sources and citations, missing bylines, incorrect contact information and images that do not match the content. If you’re still not sure if something is true or not, ask yourself, “What would happen if I shared this?” Don’t be afraid to double-check!
At the end of the day, the best way to fact-check is to take a deep breath and go through each step carefully. The only way you can be sure your content is true is to do your research. And when in doubt, do something more!