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

Introduction

Was that image you saw of a Tweet real? Did he really say that? One way you can verify is by doing a search on Twitter's Advanced Search. On the left column below, you will find some questions you should ask yourself when verifying the authenticity of a Tweet while on the right column, you will find some Tweets that may be fake. Wanna give it a try?

Twitter Advanced Search

Twitter Advanced Search 

What should YOU do?

Answer these questions to try verifying the authenticity of the Tweet.

  • Is the profile of the person in the screenshot real? Is he/she a verified user?
  • When was the date of the original Tweet?
  • Is the profile of the poster real? Is he/she a verified user?
  • Is the original tweet similar to the Tweet shown in the screenshot? Can you think of a reason why it could be the same or different?

Create fake tweets

It is easy to create fake tweets using the generators below.

https://tweeterino.com/

http://www.prankmenot.com/

https://faketrumptweet.com/

http://galau.me/

So when you next see a tweet, be doubly sure it's coming from the right person!

Really?

Singapore or Malaysia?

Royal Malaysia police recruitment ad uses Singaporean actor Elvin Ng photo