Ask yourself questions
Everyone knows that not everything you see on the internet is true. And yet, conspiracy theories can be very convincing. Make sure to ask yourself these questions before you get sucked into a strange story:
- Why is someone saying/sharing this? Someone who is a staunch anti-vaxxer is likely to actively look for proof that getting vaccinated is a bad idea.
- Is the story based on fact? Conspiracy theories are often an amalgamation of suspicions and coincidences. Does the story also offer facts and evidence?
- Is the source trustworthy? Who is the author of the article or the creator of the video? What sort of website hosts the story? What information can you find about the author and the source?
Also be aware that likes and reactions on social media tell you nothing about the trustworthiness of a message. Polarising messages and conspiracy theories often elicit strong emotions and lots of response. And not every ‘like’ is necessarily legitimate: