Stop Spreading Bad Information

Forgive me… but I’m about to go off on a rant here about something that just really annoys me.  It’s when people forward untrue emails or post false things on the internet.

I think the thing that annoys me the most is that it It doesn’t take much effort at all to find out whether the information is fact or fiction.

A quick Google search will give you all the information you need. Then you won’t look foolish for spreading misinformation.

For example, just this week I got a forwarded email with the subject line that read: Target Stores.

We shop at Target.  My wife is a CartWheel queen so instead of just deleting the email (like I do with most forwarded emails) I read it.

It was a rather lengthy email with about 10 different negative points about the Target Corporation.  After reading the first one my “B.S. detector” was going off.  It started out as a low chirp and turned into a loud siren by the end of the email.

I wanted to check the accuracy of the email so I Googled “Target Rumors snopes.com”.  In case you didn’t know, snopes.com is a great website for checking internet rumors.

Sure enough, the first link in the Google search lead me to an article containing pretty much the same email I got.  It broke it down point by point explaining what was false.

The forwarded email only contained one point that was remotely true… and it wasn’t even particularly damning in my opinion.

So the next time you think about forwarding or posting something that you don’t know to be truthful take a moment to check it out.

End of rant.  Thanks for listening.

When you get forwarded emails with information that you know is untrue do you email the sender back or just let it go?

 

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