Ever since the pandemic started, there are multiple news sources reporting on the issue. While some are true with the correct facts and figures, unfortunately, most of them are fake news, spread around irresponsibly.
With the recent rise in the number of cases in our country, we should be more vigilant than ever before regarding the news and information we share. Here are a few ways to check if what you’re about to share is true or false.
1. Find information on our Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia’s website
The most direct source of information you can find regarding the COVID-19 situation in Malaysia is from our government's KKM website. Since the beginning of the year, they've been updating their website with daily news and numbers surrounding COVID-19, including hot spot locations and tips to keep yourself safe.
An initiative from our Ministry of Communication and Multimedia Commission, Sebenarnya is a website that covers news content that is received through our online platforms and reports on the authenticity of it. Most of the time, if a large scam or fake information is being spread around, you can find it on their website.
3/ Just Google it.
Most of the time, when fake information is passed around through different social media platforms like Whatsapp, it is simply impossible to trace from where it originated from. If you’re unsure, simply search it on the web and check to see if there are any news or credible sources surrounding the topic. If there is, most likely you'll see multiple portals writing about it.
4/ Check the source
Always check where the news or information came from. Whether it's your aunt that always sends random news messages on the family group text, or it's a doctor friend who is super credible, the source can help determine if the information is accurate and real.
In a period of a pandemic like we’re currently in, fake news and information will only lead to people either having false hope or worrying even further. Stop the chain and inform your friends to always check before sending any news.
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