All kinds of news are shared on social media throughout the day and many claims are made, most of which are fake. It has increased a lot during the Corona period. Everyone has become aware of Corona and is forwarding the message from anywhere without thinking and seeing it. Earlier, incidents like mob lynching have also happened in the country due to fake posts shared on social media, but you can check a message, any claim, or any news on WhatsApp with a little understanding, whether it is fake or correct.
1. Identify the forward message
WhatsApp has released the feature of forwarding messages in 2018 itself so that you can find out whether the message is forwarded or sent directly to you. Whenever you receive a forward message, you should check its facts. Search that message or claim on Google and check it from a trusted source or check once on the Twitter handle of PIB’s Fact Check. Avoid forwarding forwarded messages to anyone.
2. Question the message
If you receive a message on WhatsApp that makes you angry or scared, check about that message and find out if the message has been sent to provoke your feelings. Only after believing the message, do not send it to anyone else, then delete it immediately. If someone sends a health-related message, ask them what is the source of this information or claim?
3. Check messages that are difficult to believe
Sometimes such messages also come which are a little hard to believe, such messages are often not true. In such a situation, you should find out from some other source how much truth is there in that message.
4. Avoid different looking messages
Sometimes you get messages that have spelling mistakes. Most such messages are fake and false. Delete such messages immediately and do not send them to anyone.
5. Check the photo
When you receive a photo and video on WhatsApp, check it and watch it carefully. Photos and videos are often sent by editing.
6. Also check the link
It may appear that the link in the message is from a familiar or well-known site, but if it contains misspellings or strange characters, then it is likely that something is wrong.
7. Use other sources
To check any news, take help of any other news site or check it on TV. If that incident has been written in many places then it may be true.
8. Do not forward messages without understanding
Before sending any message forward, think once about whether the information given in it is true or false.
9. Block disliked numbers and groups
If you think that you are getting inverted messages directly from a number, then you block it. Apart from this, you can also leave the group spreading rumors.
10. False news often spreads
You do not care how many times you have received the message. Just because the message has been shared multiple times, does not mean that the news is true. If you have any doubt about any message, you can go to https://factcheck.pib.gov.in/ and ask.
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