Week 2 Reflection Evaluating Online Information

I once believed that all online information was reliable and true.  Recently, I’ve realized how naive that perception was especially after reading articles like http://guides.library.jhu.edu and http://www.infotoday.com/ which explained in depth, how to be skeptical of social media.  The article previously mentioned explains thoroughly what to look for in a trusted and reliable source.  For example, asking yourself questions like: Can the information can be corroborated from other sources? Who is in the websites network and who follows them?  Do I know this account?  The article clarifies the best way to report information.  Uploading correct and valuable information leaves a better reputation than being the first update with inaccurate news.  Essentially, faster updates are not better than slower facts.

If a person is not careful about evaluating social media; it could turn into a serious situation, such as, the Manti Te’o case.  Te’o was catfished by a California man posed as Kekua.  The reason why Te’o was caught into this situation was because he failed to evaluate online information.  Although it may be hard to realize when you’re getting cat-fished, the most trickiest of them all are Web Hoaxes.  There are different type of Web Hoaxes, for example, parodies and spoofs, and counterfeit web sites.  These websites will look identical to an official website but could possibly be ran by a hate group.  In essence, I will now be skeptical of everything I read online.

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