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NM2303 Fake News, Lies and Spin: How to Sift Fact from Fiction: WhatsApp

Introduction

Received a text message from your friend on WhatsApp about a cool promotion? Or a warning about contamination of canned drinks? Or the very famous one about WhatsApp charging money for each message sent? Where did your friend first get the message? Can it be true because it came from your trusted source?

Red flags

Some red flags to watch out for are:

  • Grammatical errors
  • It might sound familiar (provided it was reused in another country before)
  • A link is provided (do not click on it!)
  • Does the message ask you to forward to 10 friends to avoid being charged? 

Really?

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