Misinformation Checklist

Spotting misinformation can be hard. Knowing how to sort fact from fiction in your news feed requires an always on, questioning mindset.

This checklist will help you to identify misinformation in your timeline.

Context

Where are you seeing this information – on a news website or social media? Algorithms on social media are designed to engage you, not inform you – so be skeptical


Source

Who is sharing this information and is it an original piece or screen shot? Is it from a reputable news organisation, a random friend, or dodgy URL?


Relevance

When and where did this happen? Is this information up to date and relevant to where I live?


Motivation

Why would someone share this? Are they deliberately trying to make me feel confused, outraged, shocked or scared?