Fostering a Checking Norm Using Hoaxbusting Websites
A checking norm may be encouraged by sending an email to friends, family, employees, team members and colleagues before rumors arise. The email might run something like this (please feel free to copy and send this message):
Subject: Check the Facts
Hello all. I learned something interesting recently: a lot of stuff you get on the Internet is garbage. Some of it might be spread by propaganda artists. Some of it is spread by well meaning people, but it is false nonetheless.
I also learned how to check out those email rumors and hoaxes that I receive all the time. Rumors can easily be checked by searching
Each of these sites investigates a rumor, finds out if it is true or false, and then backs up the conclusion. I’ve pledged to first check my facts before I forward—I only want to pass along true information—and I encourage you to do so also.
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