The factivist knows about source criticism
A source-critical approach is extremely important in times when everyone can be editors and claim things for which they do not have any proof. Every individual has a responsibility and must ask him- or herself whether what he or she sees, hears or reads is true. Often it is not very difficult. Through a quick Google search, you can check if there are more credible sources that claim the same thing. And if you are still unsure, there are five source-critical questions to help you review the information: who, why, what, when and how.
How to find facts
To fight fake news, you need to find facts that disprove the claim. Facts are, by definition, a thing that cannot be disputed, i.e. something proven to be true. It is therefore wise to turn to scientific sources, such as academia, research institutes or public authorities. We at Factlab want to facilitate the search for the truth and hence we have built a statistics database, "the lab", with more than 60 million facts from more than 600 referred sources. There you will find data on economics, crime, the environment, demographics and much more. All sources are carefully evaluated to meet our transparency and impartiality criteria.
Use the lab to share your results
In the lab you can search, combine, compare and analyze statistics to draw conclusions and find correlations. It is a simple, fun and instructive way to find facts. To share the results, you can download charts and tables that can then be shared on social media.
How to respond to fake news
Responding to false claims, especially on social media, can be a challenge. The filter bubbles have in some cases affected other people's world view so much that they have become fact-resistant and therefore cannot absorb information that does not match the truth they live by, even though it is produced using scientific methods. Even if you cannot influence the person who wrote or shared the post, there are many others who are receptive. That is why it's important to take the fight.
To respond to fake news in real life and on social media:
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Challenge your prejudices with our quick and fun quiz! We have gathered statements regarding demography, health, crime, education, and some other exciting topics. You might find out that things are not always what you expect, which is yet another reason to get your facts straight! How many correct answers can you get?
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