“While you stay home and stay safe, be safe from misinformation online as well – use these simple tips to get reliable COVID-19 updates and news today”, reads a post shared by the official Twitter handle of Google India.
These tips are
- Verify all images through a quick search Verify if a picture is fake or real (and its context) by right-clicking on it and selecting “Search Google for Image”
- Double-check questionable headlines In case you encounter an unreliable headline, search for it in the Google Fact Check Explorer
- Check if there is additional coverage Search for any topic in news.google.com to check if other news outlets have reported on the same event (PS: Get “Full Coverage” if the option is available.)
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— Google India (@GoogleIndia) 1620275400000
The tweet also has a link to Google’s official blog on how to spot misinformation online. Shared in March this year, the blog says that over the past 12 months, Google searches in India for “is it true that…” were higher than “how to make coffee,” and that’s saying something given last year’s Dalgona craze. It also cites a report supported by the Google News Initiative which found that corrections in the form of fact checks can reduce the effects of misinformation on beliefs about the COVID-19 vaccine.