Social networks have really made life easier and enabled us to connect with celebrities, friends, and family across the world. However, one disturbing thing is that it has also made it possible for some to easily share destructive, unproductive and untrue content that many easily believe.
- Images of a rare bug that apparently causes a severe disease or instant death.
- A product on the market that causes terminal cancer.
- A controversial speech made by a politician/president.
- The deactivation of idle social media accounts.
- Scandalous (misinterpreted) images of a celebrity/socialite.
- Promotional offers of free internet data or exclusive app upgrades if you share the offer with a certain number of your friends.
- The death of a famous actor/musician/sportsman/leader.
- The claim that some videos currently being shared online contain viruses.
These are just a few examples of the kind of content that is passed on from one social media account to another.
I understand that we pass on this information so that our families and friends can be made aware of these matters/controversies. I know that we mean well. However, in most cases, these are just scams, hoaxes, and malicious articles that some individual(s) just cooked up. And so the challenge with us just sharing this content without verifying its truth it is that it prompts the uneducated reader to undertake some needless or damaging course of action like; being excessively cautious about every product on the market, building up a negative perception of a leader, panicking because they don’t want their social media accounts to be deactivated, and lots of other reactions.
* The companies that create these social networking platforms have professional standards. In case they were to make any drastic alterations to their protocols or the app, they would NEVER send you a message in the same manner that you send a text to someone, it would be DISTINCTIVE in the way it was sent, and you’d definitely be able to identify who the sender of the message was.
So, before we consider this content to be major news that we just have to share with everybody, let us endeavour to always verify its truth with the major media houses or the organisations/individuals themselves. It’s as simple as going to Google…entering in the title of the article, or probably the first few lines of the article…and skim through the results to verify whether they are hoaxes or not. ALL the major news is ALWAYS online, so you can always be sure to find the article, or a case resembling it.
I know we mean well, but please, let us endeavour to always check for truth of any controversial news on any social media platforms before we share it.