Have you ever been taken in by fake news? Chances are, you're not alone
A new global survey shows that almost 90 percent of Canadians say they've been taken in by some kind of fake news at least once — with Facebook and Twitter being the most common sources.
The study, done for the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont., surveyed Internet users in 25 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region — and it shows along with the rise of fake news, comes a rising sense of skepticism about what they're seeing online.
One in four people worldwide say they don't trust the Internet — which in turn is prompting more people to disclose less personal information online, and buy fewer things.
CJAD 800's tech expert Carmi Levy says there's plenty of good reason not to trust what's on the Internet.
"The Internet is basically like a large ocean, and there's a lot of dirty stuff in there, whether we like it or not," Levy says. "It is polluted. And as a result, we need to get better at filtering what we see online to be better able to determine what is and what is not legit."
Levy says all too often, people who spread fake news don't do enough filtering, and that's making the problem worse.
"Surveys like this show that we recognize it's a problem, and we recognize the problem is worsening, but I think we also need to step up and be a little bit better," he says.
And the best way to do that is to start asking questions, and trust your instincts.
"We're pretty good at walking down a street in downtown Montreal, and deciding who is and is not worth our time, and where is safe, and who is safe, and who is not," Levy says. "We need to start applying the same filters when we go online, but unfortunately, most of us in the digital world are a bit more naive than we are in the real one."
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