As we discussed in last week’s Lunch and Learn: Internet Hoax Busting, if you’ve been on the Internet, then you’ve probably seen fake emails, Facebook posts, or images like the one on the left of a man holding what appears to be a giant cat. You may have even stumbled across a fake website, like this one about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.
So, how do you tell what’s real and what’s not? One easy way to check is to Google it. A Google search of Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, for example, pulls up this Wikipedia article that says the website is a hoax. If you don’t find the answer by Googling it, try a website such as Snopes.com. Devoted to uncovering Internet hoaxes and urban myths, Snopes.com is one of the most well-respected sites of its kind. See the Padlet below for more hoax busting websites.
Want to learn more? Check out this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org on Judging Online Information.