Pay attention to fake news!
In the past, we have already spoken about fake news and the danger of taking them for good. Damage to those who click on fake news may be limited to the burden of incorrect information that does not cause any damage, but may also lead to more serious consequences such as the theft of personal data or the spread of pointless panic. Unfortunately, even at a sensitive time such as the Coronavirus war, there are too many burglaries in the streets that take advantage of the situation. So let us get some clarity about fake news at the time of COVID-19 in Italy.
Coronavirus online, between reality and fake news
The dissemination of fake news is always based on the high amount of information on the web and easy accessibility for anyone. Attention, the fact that all people can navigate freely is a great achievement, but this also leads to greater responsibilities to take on: As in the real world, speculators and opportunists are also online and must be recognised in order to protect themselves from them. Especially in recent days, fake newspapers and social pages are producing a huge amount of coronavirus content, which is leading to general confusion and panic. But we continue to keep calm and not trust us all.
How to protect ourselves against fake news
Attractive titles, seemingly professional sites, logos and keywords put to the right place can attract a large number of curioses. This is known and cannot stop, so it is up to us to recognise what is right and what is wrong with what is going online about the coronavirus. The advice we can give you in KuboWeb is to await always and only certain sources, such as the website of the Ministry of Health, which has dedicated a whole department to COVID-19. So, even if many are used by doctors or experts online, if we are not sure, it is better for us to slip through fake news.
Fake news and social networks
Social networks are always the main tool for fake news. Now they have entered everyday life, they are spilled several times a day in search of curiosity, especially at a time of home isolation to contain the coronavirus. This leads to sharing fake news on Facebook, Instagram and instant messaging systems such as Whatsapp. But an image is not enough to make information reliable. Here too, I look only at certain sources, such as the Facebook page of the Italian Red Cross and other bodies involved in combating COVID-19.
#stayhome but I do not believe with fake news
KuboWeb is also a member of the awareness-raising campaign and invites all its customers to do so. Staying at home can be an important moment to work on yourself and do what you never have time to do, how to carefully inform yourself about everything. We now have time and tools to do so, so it will be easy to recognise and avoid fake news about coronavirus.
And don’t forget that yourself is a potential disseminator of fake news: If you talk about an important topic like COVID-19, but in terms of screenings, let’s see things clear immediately. Like us, there are many other sensitive people who may not understand the screen and unintentionally spread your fake news.