There is so much false information, fake news, and scammy posts circulating on social media these days. More on Facebook, however, than any other platform. Why is that? Why are people on Facebook more gullible than others? Maybe it’s simply because it’s a more social platform than the others.
We’ve got breaches and viruses and scams galore popping up here, there, and everywhere. And not just on Facebook! The most popular scams and “fake news” on Facebook usually instruct you to copy/paste some legal looking jargon about how you don’t give Facebook authorization to use your photos or personal information … or something similar. Fake. It doesn’t work. It’s not true.
And then, of course, there are the multitudes of posts supposedly from very well known brands giving away airline tickets, boats, tiny houses … you name it. All you have to do is “like” and share their post. Not true. Fake. And is considered click bait, which is illegal according to Facebook’s terms of service.
The most recent hoax going around is that Facebook will show you a secret list of who is following you if you type ‘Following Me‘ in your Facebook block list. It will not. It’s a hoax. In fact, it’s a hoax that’s made the rounds once before and has resurfaced.Don't get sucked into propagating fake news or hoaxes on Facebook!Click To Tweet
So often when someone posts or shares one of these posts, and someone else lets them know it’s fake news or a hoax, their response is, “Well, better safe than sorry.” But propagating fake news and hoaxes on Facebook isn’t really “better safe than sorry.” In fact, it is annoying as heck, and can actually cause harm. Many times these hoaxes open the door to computer viruses, hacked accounts, and phishing expeditions.
Before sharing or copy/pasting any news or warnings (even those from your dear friends or family), please do your due diligence and check the source to make sure it’s true. One very reliable source to check before spreading “news” is Snopes. It takes just an extra minute or two to check your source, but may save you the embarrassment of spreading fake or harmful news.
It IS better to be safe than sorry … but the safety is in NOT sharing fake news or hoaxes. The sorry is when you do.
Also published on Medium.