Reliance on unverified sources and unverified reporting and forwarding on social networks have made them a platform for the mass dissemination of ignorance and lies. See for instance some of the Fake Quotes making rounds on the internet:
- See quote investigator for the false quotes spreading on the net:
- See the Fake Buddha Quotes making rounds on social networks
- See the fake Iqbal Poetry that is going round and the website and the page that promotes sharing with responsibility. See also video about sharing with responsibility
- Albert Einstein's quotes that are totally false
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- 13 pintrest quotes that are totally false
Level of scholarship of educated people has now decreased to such an extent that they are willing to share what suits their perceptions without critical analysis. They are now sharing unverified ignorance and lies on a mass scale.
With the decrease on reliance on edited content by sources that have credibility, this is becoming a menace. This is especially true on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and elsewhere where the attribution of the statement to a person or a credible source can no longer be traced. It requires extensive analytics to trace a report to its originator. There have now been several studies regarding this phenomenon.
Even cable/media channels of news organizations spread false reports on air/media which never appears on the print versions of the same organization. The regret about airing an incorrect news on the media is not seen. Unlike in the printed versions of their newspapers where they have to retract the story with the regrets. Hence, the credibility of a printed is more.
We now need to define what is a credible source and how to tell people whether what they are sharing is credible or not.
Charter of Sharing with Responsibility
- Any picture with a quote or message should identify the source
- Before sharing, search the internet for a credible stable website page link.
- The website must have an owner that can be contacted.
- It must have a link to at least a stable website page link. Facebook posts vanish in history and can not be traced. Facebook/Twitter websites live in the present and now. They do not give access to who said what and when in a manner that can be traced.
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