International Fact Checking Day is an international holiday dedicated to checking information for authenticity. Today we live in a world of information: countless different facts from the Internet, websites, news reports. We learn something new every day, but we have to wonder if what we have been told is true. In a vast information space it is very easy to spread a lie, so it is always necessary to check the authenticity of the information, so as not to be deceived, or even fall into the tricks of fraudsters. The holiday is celebrated annually on April 2.
The history of International Fact Checking Day begins in 2016, when it was officially created. The annual celebration began only in 2017. The reason for its appearance is simple – that year there were elections in the United States, and the information space was filled with thousands of fakes, which caused chaos in society. Then it was decided to create this holiday to draw public attention to the problem of unreliable information.
Today there are many useful tools on the Internet. For example, you can use the Browser search to upload a photo, thereby checking its authenticity. The Google Earth tool checks for the authenticity of descriptions of geographical objects, removing false information. The society works every year to tighten control over the information posted in various sources and to prevent falsehoods from entering the information space.
- The most common fakes are based on high-profile events. In this way, their authors try to attract more attention.
- Fakes are usually quickly exposed. Therefore, the average duration of their existence does not exceed 3 days.
- To check the authenticity of the site is recommended to use the service whoisinform.ru, which will check the time of creation of the site and its owners, eliminating the possibility of visiting one-day sites.
How to celebrate
Refrain from using unverified social networking sites and newsgroups. If you start noticing fakes, tell other people about it. The problem should not be ignored. Use various Internet services to verify the authenticity of information.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask users, how often do they encounter fake information?
When is International Fact-Checking Day Celebrated in 2023?
International Fact-Checking Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on April the 2nd each year.