Since the day the government announced de dollarisation on Monday, social media has been hit by a wave of fake news. As affluent Zimbabweans, we can’t be victims of fake news. In case you are tempted to believe something you see on social media run it through these few tests before accepting it in its totality.
1. Check If there is a link to the article, website or social media origin.
If the link is not there, chances are someone just conjured up a few sentences after a bit of research and made that article. Since it doesn’t have a link it doesn’t mean its fake. If you still want to believe it check it out against its source.
2. Paste it in its totality or the first few sentences on your browser and see if you get a hit
You can even paste the headline only. If the article is still on the ghost side( not appearing anywhere on the internet) then it’s probably very fake. If it does appear on the internet then you have to authenticate its source.
3. Check the publisher before accepting the article in its totality
Some publications don’t verify stories before publishing them.
Bottomline doesn’t just accept all articles that are circulating on social media. During the fake news season take everything with a pinch of salt.