A large part of evaluating information is understanding when something is "fake news".
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to another "pandemic", the "infodemic". The sheer amount of information and misinformation on a topic. The amount of misinformation shared has been a hot topic during the pandemic, and source evaluation has never been more important. Covidmisinfo.org has been tracking and identifying this information within Canada to get an understanding the extent of this other "pandemic". See the misinformation tracking dashboard below, or open in a new tab. All of this misinformation means that we must be extra vigilant to evaluate and question all of our sources.
A common method of evaluation is CRAAP. Which stands for Current, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. The video below will explain how you can use CRAAP to evaluate your sources. Since the majority of COVID-19 information is new and popular literature, evaluating your sources is very important.
In many domains, we have to trust the expertise of others to guide our decisions. Yet not all experts hold rational beliefs, and many people who are framed as experts in media are not actually experts.
Below are some questions to ask when assessing the credibility of people who are framed as experts. Remember, COVID-19 is a developing pandemic, look for people with related expertise.
Adapted with permission of the author, from http://www.stephanguyenet.com/quickly-assessing-the-credibility-of-public-experts/
This video discusses bias in media, filter bubbles and tips to finding out the truth about your news feed.
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