Are you sure you want to share this? Sort fact from fiction online – YubaNet

Since the inception of the World Wide Web, we have had access to more information than ever before. However, we are also bombarded with dangerous disinformation. the un Checked launched an online course to help us decide which is which and protect vulnerable people from potential harm.

It has become increasingly evident that for some time now some people and organizations have been intending to disseminate false information online. During the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic, for example, claims that certain drugs or cures are miracle cures, or that the pandemic is a hoax, have circulated on social media platforms.

Although there are those who share these articles, videos and images in malicious ways, many do so because they have not been able to distinguish between legitimate information from reliable sources and false claims, or because they simply shared a message sent by a family member or loved one, without looking closely at the content it contains.

The consequences can be dire, causing people to take unsafe and inappropriate medications and refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines, and can even lead to preventable hospitalizations and deaths.

To help fight the spread of harmful disinformation, the UN Verified Campaign has partnered with wikiHow, an online community of experts creating trusted how-to guides, to create a free online course.

The course, which contains a series of lessons emailed to subscribers over five days, teaches vital skills and how to put them into practice, helping users identify fake news, slow the spread and protect vulnerable people. damage.

By the end of the course, students will know when and why to take a break before sharing, how to check facts, and how to talk to people who have shared wrong information.

Sign up for Verified #pledgetopause campaign and take a moment to pause before forwarding a message, retweeting a story, or watching a video in your social media feed.

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