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[LISTEN] Fake news around COVID-19 and how to spot it

Written by: Neo Koza

There has been some misinformation and disinformation circulated since the coronavirus outbreak making it difficult for some to discern whether the information they are getting on social media and other platforms is reliable and factual.

Joanne Joseph spoke to veteran journalist Raymond Joseph on what constitutes fake news and how to spot it.

The first thing you want to look out for is has it been forwarded? The moment it is being forwarded, the person that is sending it is not the original source. When you don't know who the source is, it makes it harder to verify whether it is true or false. If the source isn't named, think twice before you try and share it.

Raymond Jospeh, Veteran journalist

There are good sources where you can go and check - for example a dashboard by the International Network of Fact Checkers.

Raymond Jospeh, Veteran journalist

If it doesn't look right, be careful. Look very carefully to those little clues you can see - phoney URLs, bad spelling, awkward layout, strange articles. On Twitter, what you need to make sure is that the name of the account matches the Twitter handle attached to it.

Raymond Jospeh, Veteran journalist

We need to be wary of anything that seems to be making definite claims about the illness without clear evidence.

Raymond Jospeh, Veteran journalist

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