DARIEN — With the rise of social media and access to simple digital tools, it is easy for anyone to create, manipulate, and share information online. All one has to do is click a button to share an article, picture, or video. If the content resonates with people, they can re-share it and potentially millions of people will see the item. We call this process going viral. Since we spend so much of our lives online and sharing items with our followers in turn, it is essential to be able to identify misinformation from truth. Darien Library’s librarians offer the following guide on how to spot misinformation.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, misinformation is defined as “incorrect or misleading information.” Disinformation is defined as “false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth.”