When you see a news story that is just irresistible — in other words, it makes you want to share it with your friends and families immediately — you should not react right away because when something is too good to be true, it often is.
After watching the first few episodes of Strapline, by now, your nonsense detector should go off in your head when you come across such news story, no matter where it comes from. But what is the next step? How could we verify the story by ourselves?
Your first line of defense is those websites and social media accounts dedicated to verifying rumors, checking political claims, and debunking false information.
They would help you find out what the facts are if the story in question has already been vetted by them. Even if it’s not, becoming familiar with the methodology they adopt helps you develop your eyes for lies and hoaxes.
There are many fact-checking news outlets and initiatives in Asia. You should visit their websites and follow their social media accounts if, as AJ puts it, you don’t want to look like a chump who falls for, and shares, “fake news.”
The following list is by no means comprehensive, so, let us know if we have missed your favorite hoaxbusters.
* You should also check out the list of verified signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles — those organizations listed there has gone through a rigorous assessment process for transparency and nonpartisanship before obtaining the signatory status.
Before you watched the following bonus clip, you must check out our episode 04 on press freedom (otherwise, the beginning won’t make much sense).