Is the news Right or Wrong?
Checking for the truth is probably your first action to feel safe, and validating means being sure that this information is correct by checking officially accredited websites or official social media accounts (for ministries & news agencies).
Validating information makes you confident about what is going on, and that you won’t be someone’s tool to spread mistaken news. Like the example of food shortage in Qatar; social media was a great active tool to assure people that everything is ok.
And here we’re not asking you to stop using social media, in fact we are using it now to write useful and beneficial content for you, your colleagues, family and friends.
For example, if you choose to share this content, then social media would be a great tool for sharing important great values among others. As you will find many official resources, entertainment programs, intellectual and educational content that can contribute positively in our lives.
Controlling your social media account might help!
We cannot control what people share but we can control what we see.
With social media companies aware today about the importance of what is being published to the public, they provided different ways on how to control what you see in your account, as they launched fake news awareness campaigns and programming to protect user from fake news simply by tweaking their privacy settings.
In the food shortage fake news case, it's critical to maintain our responsibility towards such incident, but as a user you can prevent sharing such news and report it as false, which is a proactive step.
Currently most of social media platforms will allow you to report such ads/post or even video as spam or categorized in any different level, as the picture of food shortage in Qatar is not the only fake news that you will be seeing. There are other daily news that you’ll see and must be aware of to make sure they don’t touch your security and privacy.
Can I validate news quickly?
Get confident about the information you read
Do I really have to be open to all news from all social media platforms?
That's another question we’re asking.
You probably just need to save your time and read directly from proper channels, or official news applications that meet your interest, or official websites.