Misinformation is basically false or inaccurate information especially with the intention to mislead other people or a party.
Misinformation has historical roots in sensationalist journalism, foreign espionage, propaganda and partisan debates. Commonly used around the election period to push a negative narrative about a political party or politician to divide the attention of voters or incite them against the targeted political party. The most used platforms are social media especially WhatsApp on the higher side.
Misinformation has a lot of effects on the individual parties affected regardless of the intention of the news conveyer.
As a blogger, how can you combat misinformation on your blog?
Finding exiting news content for a blog has never been easier and in most situations, people resort to picking up any trendy headline without doing a thorough background check on its authenticity.
Here is a look for some of the ways you can adapt to stay ahead of misinformation.
-While practicing your daily blogging, exercise caution when taking action on emails, texts, and phone calls from unfamiliar sources. Also, before settling on a topic to write, take time to assess its authenticity by doing a follow up to the affected party. Oftentimes, people with the wrong intentions distort information and edit them to suit a certain narrative that if not keen may implicate you.
– There are a number of platforms in Kenya that you can use to verify fake news that you can adopt for your daily blogging. They include Africa Check, PesaCheck and more.
– Avoid websites with suspicious URLs or designs that look hastily put together. Check to make sure the site has a secure connection and starts with “https” rather than “http.”
– Also, consider using a comprehensive security suite to ensure your devices and online accounts are protected at all costs.
– Verify your images before using on your blog. TinEye is an example of an image search and recognition company that you can use to search the originality of your images. Google also has an option for Reverse Image search that can help you verify your images.
– Avoid drawing extra attention to information that is misreported buy not sharing or completely ignoring them.
Organizations are also on the lookout to combat misinformation at all costs. For instance the UN has been on the forefront to dispel rumors, fake news and misleading messages on false claims that the use of disinfectants combats coronavirus.
While misinformation looks like something that can easily be corrected, it has broad effects that might affect government systems and the people around it which includes you. Be on the lookout to fight misinformation at all costs.