As I write this post, I’m waiting for a flight at Pearson International Airport reading through the incoming notifications on my mobile regarding the tragic Berlin Christmas Market lorry incident. At this point, a few deaths have already been confirmed, however judging by the verified images and videos coming from the location, there will surely be many more. There are no words that can bring these people back or console those affected, however there are concrete steps readers/viewers like myself can take to stop the spread of false information during a time of crisis such as this, where we are all prone to react emotionally.
Therefore, before you share, like, comment, or re-tweet that next post, take a deep breath and ask yourself the following questions:
- To the best of my knowledge, am I sharing factual content?
- Could innocent people be negatively affected by what I am sharing?
- Do I genuinely feel I am helping someone by sharing this?