Snopes.com - Your Reliable Checking Source for Fake Tech News

Snopes.com is a TRUE, FACT CHECKING site that you should add to your Bookmarks/Favorites.  Anytime you read something, check it on Snopes first.  Chances are, 99% of the time the information you've read is WRONG or as we like to say now, FAKE NEWS.

 

For example:

 

Facebook wants you to post a privacy notice

 

Whenever this Facebook falsehood pops up it spreads like wildfire online: Something in your Facebook news feed says you must post a legal notice or you'll lose copyright control of your pictures and other content you share with your circle of family and friends.

Your mom, pastor, best friend from high school and seemingly everyone else has probably posted this at one time or the other. Maybe you have, too.

Another big one: Facebook is going to charge you to keep your profile private.

For the record, they're both false. So the next time either appears in your Facebook feed, you can ignore it.

 

As you can see, the Facebook privacy notice and that they will charge you.... all FALSE.

 

So, what exactly IS Snopes.com?

 

This is from their About Us page on their website:

 

The Snopes.com web site was founded by David Mikkelson, a project begun in 1994 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends that has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet, one widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the world’s essential resources. Snopes.com is routinely included in annual “Best of the Web” lists and has been the recipient of two Webby awards. Snopes.com personnel have made multiple appearances as guests on national news programs such as 20/20, ABC World News, CNN Sunday Morning, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and they and their work have been profiled in numerous major news publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Reader’s Digest.

 

As you can see...Snopes.com has become *THE* place to go for fact checking.

 

Not everything on Snopes.com is false.  They also report on TRUTHS.  An interesting, fun truth:  March 20, 2017 is "Free Cone Day" at participating Dairy Queen stores.  If you go to Snopes.com and enter  "Dairy Queen" in the search bar on the top, the site will show you an article that proves that this is true.

 

So, the next time you read/hear something about your computer and what you should do or not do, or your Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram, etc., visit www.snopes.com and enter the topic in the search bar at the top to verify the "Fact" first. You will be glad that you did.

 

 

 

 

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