When misinformation is shared about a crisis, such as the war in Ukraine or the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes it harder for people to understand what's really going on and how to stay safe.
So here are our 3 top tips on how to make sure you don't accidentally share misinformation with your friends and family:
1. Check the original source
If you are sent a message on WhatsApp, or see a post online, find out where it originally came from. Click on the link and see if it was created by an organisation you trust, for example a legitimate news organisation. If there isn't a link, it may not be safe to share.
2. Check the date
Is what you are seeing current? Some old videos and images can be recirculated during a crisis to seem as if they are new, but they are actually from another time or place. Try to find confirmation from a reliable source of the date and location of the original image or video before you share it.
3. Check your emotions
Misinformation and disinformation often spreads because it makes us feel angry, sad or shocked, and this emotional reaction makes us more likely to post something without verifying if it's really true. Pause and check what you see before you share.
Remind your friends and family about the dangers of misinformation by sharing this today.