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Practice good information hygiene

During this time, it is important for all of us to follow best practices before we share and like items on social media, especially as they relate to the COVID-19 outbreak and coronavirus. 

In addition to doing your part to "flatten the curve" through "social distancing", do your part to flatten the curve of falsehoods and misinformation online.  Practice good information hygiene to help reduce the spread of false information.  Be proactive about what you like and share online to have a positive impact on others.

We need to bring a level of seriousness and sense of responsibility to our roles as creators and sharers of information that equals our roles as stewards of public health.



5 quick ways to double check coronavirus information online (First Draft News)

  • Some stories are too good to be true: False and misleading stories spread because people share them
  • Not all research is created equal
  • Verify images with reverse image search
  • Verify videos with thumbnails and inVid
  • Use geolocation to determine where a photo or video was taken.

Click on the link above for more details on how to do any of this steps.


Remember SHEEP (First Draft News) when browsing social media

Click on the article link or image to get more information.

Source: Who is the source? Look at any account information and search for any name or usernames.History: Does this source have an agenda? Find out what subjects it regularly covers and if it only promotes one side.Evidence: Explore the details of a claim or meme and find out if it is backed up by reliable evidence from elsewhere.Emotion: Does the source rely on emotion to make a point? Check for sensational, defamatory, inflammatory, and divisive language.Pictures: Pictures paint a thousand words. Identify what message an image is portraying and whether the source is using images to get attention.

Use SIFT to sift through all the coronavirus information (Mike Caulfield, a digital literacy expert at Washington State University)

Here are some skills to help you sort through all the information you are finding online:

Stop if you are feeling strong emotion, an urge to share, or surprise

Investigate the Source

Find Better or Alternate Coverage

Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context

Learn more about this method by clicking on the link above


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