Rebound: Spreading misinformation

Posted at 7:12 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 20:12:26-04

There's still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19, and without those answers false information can circulate more freely.

To help you "rebound," our partners at Newsy asked the experts: How should you talk to someone who shares fake information?

Before you address them, ask yourself if they'll be open to the conversation. If so, message them privately.

The argument can be worth it if you think they might risk the health of themselves or those around them.

Then, pull third-party articles for them from sites like the CDC or the American Medical Association.

PolitiFact staff writer Daniel Funke explains, "Let's say I'm a conservative and I'm fact-checking my liberal aunt. I would try to pick sources that I think she would trust over sources that I think I would trust So I wouldn't give her a Fox News story because she would immediately say, 'Fox News is biased.'"

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