Official blog of @okieprof's Twitter for Media class at UCO--#clarkclass
"If you're in this class, you must be a little bit touched."--Steve Lackmeyer
I just love how people put stuff out there but have no idea what is really going on.
How do they plan on informing us on what is fake news and what is not?
I like that they have something to show whether it is verified or not. I still think that people need to take it upon themselves to look further into it.
You should always authenticate your post before you publish it. Never believe everything you read online without checking it out to see if it has any value.
By Maci McGregor - not sure why it's posting as unknown.
I feel like its our responsibility as citizens to be skeptical about outlandish sounding news stories, and stay informed on what sources are credible and which are not. Also, when we see fake news we should call it out by reporting the link, or maybe posting proof that it's made up.
It's sad how easily misinformation get's spread on all forms of social media. I know this specific case was something slightly more extreme on Twitter, but this kind of thing happens a bunch on Facebook and Tumblr with people posting images that are possibly altered and leading to misinformation spread.
It's shocking to me that there are so many people out there that read these things and then believe/spread them without bothering to check if they're true. I feel it should be a rule of thumb for any user of social media to fact-check the outlandish posts that circulate before forming an opinion.
The first thing Iearned in this major is to fact check your sources and to do your googles.
I think it's our responsibility as citizens/twitter users to evaluate posts' credibility before we retweet or share them, especially when the posts have to do with important news topics. However, it is true that when it comes to social media, "...speed often takes precedence over truth," and people are less likely to go through the process of fact checking everything they put on their timelines.
I believe my responsibility as a citizen and as a user of twitter is to use my "voice" to shed light on correct information. Also to encourage those around me to check the sources of any information they want to share.
As a user of Twitter, I think it's up to me to make sure that those around me are aware of how much fake news there is out there. It's important to take your news from credible sources and to always check it out further if it seems a little off.
As a citizen and a Twitter user, it is my responsibility to ensure that I am not sharing fake news. If I question the validity of a story, I look to other news organizations to see if anyone else is covering the topic. When I see my friends/those I follow posting questionable news, I try to encourage them to seek better sources of information. I appreciate this article about how to find good news sources: https://medium.com/highlighting-generosity/how-to-find-and-support-trustworthy-journalism-d57769f176cf#.ymugik9if.
I think that as a citizen and twitter user, I always need to double check that the story is true before sharing it. For a light-hearted example...I was on Twitter the other day and I saw a post about my favorite show, One Tree Hill, coming back and making a new season. Well, I got super excited after reading this and I wanted to share it with all my friends but being the media student I am, I did my research to verify this claim. Sure enough it was fake news and I was left feeing disappointed. Now this is not big news but my point is, if I would have shared this then I would have been giving my friends false information and they probably wouldn't have done the research and therefor would be misinformed. It is my obligation to be credible in everything I post, tweet, or share.
I think it is my responsibility to choose to be ethical and honest more than I want likes and followers. It IS my responsibility to fact check before I post (unlike the man in the first article) and before I believe others' posts. If I want to be credible and trustworthy, I need to check my sources and know what I am talking about before I tweet/post/etc.
I believe as a citizen and a twitter user, it is my responsibility to fact check all of my tweets. The moment you become untrustworthy is the moment your followers stop caring. As a citizen you should want only truthful news out in the world.
As a citizen and Twitter user, it is my responsibility to make sure whatever I’m posting on social media is truthful. There are a lot of social media mess ups where the user did not fact check or go to their sources. Since we are able to tweet from our fingertips, it’s easy to hit the send button without confirmation. It’s harder to step back and double check the facts, because we want to be the first talking about an event or news story. Credibility matters.
As a citizen and Twitter user, I am responsible for ensuring that my resources are reliable and that any information I share with the public is accurate and relevant.
As a citizen, Twitter user and professional, I believe it's most important for me to tweet relevant, truthful information. With all the fake news floating around nowadays, people look to follow reputable sources. The only way to become a reputable source, you have to stay on top of things like that, not feeding into the fake news.
My responsibility as a citizen and as a Twitter user is to use my abilities to correct any information that's inaccurate when posting. I play a crucial role in staying informed on what I'm posting about, where my sources are coming from, the credibility of my sources, and protecting my followers from fake news.
Seeing how quickly Eric Tucker's tweet went viral, with only 40 followers, helps me to see the importance of fact checking and exhausting every possible explanation for something before posting it on the Internet where it can come back to haunt me. Or to even create an uproar like Tucker's tweet did. It's my responsibility to make sure that what I'm putting out there is true.
My responsibility as a citizen and a Twitter user is to remain credible and only post the most accurate news. I will refrain from posting information that is just "click-bait" because that is dangerous and super lazy to me. There is enough news in the world so there is no need to make up stories.
As Twitter users, we all have a responsibility to stop the spread of misinformation. We can do this with simple fact checking and actually reading the articles before we "re-tweet" them. It's also important to check the reliability of the source your sharing. Spreading misinformation is doing nothing but a disservice to our fellow man.
As a professional media student, I feel as though it is my duty to be skeptical of fake news. Always find another source. Look for credibility and attribution. We should only report when we have all of the facts and know they are the truth.