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If it's on the Internet,it must be true, right? A recent post has me thinking about how few people actually verify anything they read on the internet, especially on Russia's favorite news outlet -FaceBook. There's so much propaganda, junk science and generally dum rumors out there. Who fact checks things they read before commenting?

RonWilliam53 7 Apr 10

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I do. The trouble is at times it can be difficult to determine who's telling the truth, and who has other motives. Over the years I've sat back and observed that most people do not like having their beliefs challenged. Whenever a viewpoint comes up that the particular individual does not favor, right away the other side is wrong, and on and on it goes...

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Snopes.com a trusted fact checker of urban legends did something interesting a while back. They posted some pretty big claims such as Mr. Ed actually being a Zebra.

The Repository Of Lost Legends (TROLL) was what they called. The did expose it, but wanted to point out that while common sense suggests we need to check things, we often don't. We should all be cautious about what we read [snopes.com]

Of course, that assumes one cares about getting things right as opposed to just seeking and agreeing with ideas that support your conclusion (aka confirmation bias).

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There is an adage that might apply (believe half of what you see and nothing that you hear)

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I don't believe half of the things I see on there. Especially FB.

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I question almost everything What I read and Some of what I see. But I do get tired of trying to fact check everything. Sometimes I will share something I know isn't true just to piss the person off. Sorry but sometimes I just don't care. Anymore when I talking to some trump supporter and they tell me something even if it's true, I'll Say it's false and I don't believe that. I just want to piss them off. Damm what a trouble maker I am.

"Anymore when I talking to some trump supporter and they tell me something even if it's true, I'll Say it's false and I don't believe that."

wow....wtf is all i can say to that one. that kind of debate just serves to give Trump more power because when something can be shown to be true and u deny it, they can point to that as to why u can't believe anything coming from the other side of the aisle. it makes it so that people can justify anything and ignore all criticism of it because they know even when they are 100% right that the other side will refuse to believe it.

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I trust the news from ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, Washington Post, NY Times, Huffington Post, and Boston Globe. Nothing else.

I might question the biases of HuffPo and MSNBC to some extent (certainly as far as opinion reporting), the thing to watch for in any media is the tripping themselves up going for the scoop.

What!! no Fox news

Faux News is for narrow minded people

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Most intelligent and critical thinking people.

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It's true it's all true they couldn't post it it wasn't.

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It's true it's all true they couldn't post it it wasn't.

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I usually dismiss it if I don't have souces, if it's a news story like the Govt attacking cattle ranchers or a caraven of immigrents. I need video, but even that can be misleading

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Apparently, very few. I'm so exasperated right now I can barely stand it.

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I do - as best as I can.

If I can't find a source or verify stuff, it stays put. If it's bullshit I'll call it out - and have been unfriended by some before now for questioning their shares.

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How do you know you can trust the fact checkers?

I usually find a couple of sources not related to each other and go with them. Contrary to whiny rightwingers, Snopes tends to be good.

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I do. But by the time I'm done that same post will have been shared a few thousand times, probably.

with you on that. I can fact check but it takes time.

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I source anything im challenged on and sometimes source come claims from the start. its according to if its something I think is more commonly known or not. either way, ill always source anything I claim if asked and I do fact check others claims that I find to be suspicious.

jorj Level 8 Apr 10, 2018
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