Be Careful! Speaking Truth or Deception in Email and on Facebook

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Be Careful! Speaking Truth or Deception in Email and on Facebook

Be Careful!

The old-style of news media—TV, radio, and press—has been rapidly replaced by up-to-the-minute reports on the Internet, email, Facebook, and other social media.

Sometimes, the stories are fake or distorted, and now more than ever Christians need to be careful about what they read—and post—on social media.

  1. Christians need to tell the truth, and should only rely on sources which do the same.
  2. People need to trust what they get from you.
  3. Always fact-check the stories that you read. Just because something sensational is posted, does not mean that it’s true. Always check TruthOrFiction.com for the latest false, potentially false, or true emails and posts.

Here are some disturbing examples of lies and deceit which spread on the Internet.

Donald Trump once claimed that Ted Cruz’ father Rafael was involved with Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who would later assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The reports turned out to be false, but many forwarded the falsehood.

A more recent rumor suggested that Hillary Clinton interrupted the FBI’s investigations into Orlando shooter Omar Mateen. Clinton stopped working as Secretary of State in January 2013, but the FBI began investigating Mateen in May of that year. It was false, but many forwarded it without checking.

Always check the sources and corroborate the information you find online at TruthOrFiction.com

Let me know what you think? How do you deal with suspect stories on the Internet? Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

3 Comments on “Be Careful! Speaking Truth or Deception in Email and on Facebook”

  1. I try to send actual articles from websites. If it’s not true it’s their fault. I have learned not to pass on much of anything that is not from a website. I remove the information that says to pass it on and ask the person I email it to to take my name and address off should they want to pass it on. They don’t do it though. Isn’t there a setting that will just put your name and not our email address?
    Tell the computer guys to do that.

  2. I get dozens of emails every day that have information that is the suspicious. I tried to check most of them with truth or fiction.com. I ask all people on my list to check the emails they get before sending them to me or sending them to anyone else.

  3. That’s one of the problems with this new internet medium. You don’t know what’s fact and what’s not. A big percentage of it is sent “anonymously”. It takes a lot of time and effort to track this stuff down. I’ve had Forwards sent to me by my good friends and then I find out that the email info is untrue. So, we need to be discerning about “facts” in this new information age. It kind of depresses me that we can’t just trust information any more. There seems to be more liars, haters and dishonest people putting crap on the internet and social media. I only trust certain sites and people any more. Sad.

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