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Defeat Disinformation

 We must win the war on truth in order to build our shared future

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Beware What You Share:

 

Ukraine

During a crisis such as the invasion of Ukraine, misinformation, disinformation, and manipulation run rampant.  This is a time to be extra-vigilant about the information you are sharing.  Misattributed photos (examples here, here, and here) and videos like this one and this one-including video game footage!-are extremely common.  Disinformation agents have even created fake "journalists."  But it's also important to bear in mind that reflexively rejecting information just because a random poster on social media says it's disinfo is harmful as well.  Always look for sources!

The Washington Post recently published an article titled "How to Avoid Falling For and Spreading Misinformation About Ukraine"-read it here.

There are some easily accessible fact-checking services that you can follow on Twitter or read online: Associated Press Fact Check, @APFactCheck; Reuters Fact Check @ReutersFacts; and USA Today Fact Check @USAToday. The News Literacy Project has also compiled some resources, including materials for educators to help students navigate information online, here.

TAKE A CRASH COURSE IN DISINFO

PROTECT YOURSELF

  

  • DON'T comment on, respond to (even with emojis), or repeat, disinformation, even to debunk it, because that amplifies the disinformation and ensures that even more people see it;

  • DO report disinformation to the site as well as to REPORTDISINFO.ORG;

  • DO feel free to post proactively truthful information , as long as it does not refer to the bad info or use the bad info's framing;

  • Consider leaving social media entirely.  If you can't do that, don't click on recommended content or join suggested groups, and disable notifications to reduce time spent online;

  • Be very skeptical of any content eliciting a strong emotional response that creates a desire to act and/or share that content;

  • Seek credible sources of information (remember, a "verified" account just means the person is famous, not trustworthy, and repetition alone doesn't mean information is credible)--CHECKOLOGY.ORG can help;

  • Learn how to spot disinformation and manipulative content by visiting KNOWDISINFO.ORG; and

  • Follow the BEWARE WHAT YOU SHARE rule to prevent the unintentional spread of disinformation.


 

Learn How to Spot Misinformation, Disinformation, and Manipulation Online

Being able to identify disinformation will help stop its spread.  We will give you important tips on identifying and responding (spoiler alert: don't!) to misinformation, disinformation, and manipulation.

Learn About Media Literacy

Learning how to identify & use credible sources is important, but it can be fun!  Use games and online courses to sharpen your skills!

Watch

Documentaries

We have compiled a library of informational films, video clips, and news segments that will help you understand the causes and effects of misinformation, disinformation, and manipulation.