RED: Be wary, these sources run the gamut from news-sponsored material to complete fabrications, use one of the evaluation tools to check the credibility of the source.
Social media "create or enrich human communities by enabling instantaneous and multimodal (text, photo, voice, and video) communication around the globe and by offering software architectures that give users the power to generate, represent, manage, and enact their own social capital. The adaptability, ease of use, and multidimensional utility of social media tools have enabled them to affect virtually every aspect of twenty-first-century social, political, intellectual, and economic life." (Vallor 2014)
Social media are comprised of four characteristics:
Traditional authorship and publishing rules don't always apply in social media:
The 5Ws help you to evaluate the information that you find. Different criteria will be more or less useful depending on your need.
What: Accuracy & Reliability
When: Currency & Age
Where: Platform & Publisher
Why: Purpose & Objectivity
Check the account history of the source. Two clues that it's fake are:
Images of an event are often reused to deceive people. You can check if an image has been used before on a reverse image search like TinEye.
Credits: content used on this page was adapted from FAKE News vs. REAL NEWS: How to Determine the Reliability of Sources.
Credits: content used on this page was adapted from:
Hanson, Jarice. "Social Media." The Social Media Revolution: An Economic Encyclopedia of Friending, Following, Texting, and Connecting, Green wood, 2016, pp. 319-323. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Accessed 3 Mar. 2017.
Vallor, Shannon. "Social Media." Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource, edited by J. Britt Holbrook, 2nd ed., vol. 4, Macmillan Reference USA, 2015, pp. 203-206. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Accessed 3 Mar. 2017.