Early this morning, @realDonaldTrump announced that he and @FLOTUS tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, there has been A LOT of speculation and reactions circulating. REMEMBER: this is a developing, breaking-news story. Here’s what to do and what NOT to do to follow it:
Read AT LEAST 3-4 reliable sources. When possible, seek out primary sources too. This includes updates from the @WhiteHouse or the @JoeBiden campaign on contact tracing. The more sources you read, the better you’ll understand the facts and the full scope of the story.
Avoid conjecture conversations or stories about the “what ifs.” Focus on the information we have right now and updates rooted in facts as they become available. Doom scrolling through nightmare scenarios will not be beneficial to you or the people who read the content you share.
If a post triggers a strong emotional reaction, that’s a sign of potential misinformation. This is a heated story, but stop and think about what you read before sharing. Is it based on facts? #ThinkBeforeYouShare
Keep in mind that it’s okay to take a break from social media and avoid the noise today. Come back in 1-2 days and read several well-developed articles beyond the headlines, from top to bottom. Then, you’ll be able to get the full scope of the story.
This big of a story is a ripe opportunity for a bad foreign actor to hide behind an account that increases division, creates fear, and fuels the fire of misinformation. Ask yourself “who is behind the information, can I trust them?”
Be aware of conspiracy theories and conspiracy-like content. Don’t let speculation that isn’t rooted in fact influence your decisions, especially when it comes to voting in #Election2020.
With every story, we recommend using these three questions from @SHEG_Stanford to verify information online:
1. Who is behind the information?
2. What is the evidence?
3. What are other sources saying? Image
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22 Sep
If you didn’t fact-check this tweet from @JimDabakis, you might be a bit confused by the news that @MittRomney plans to vote on a Supreme Court nominee.

This tweet popped up hours after RBG died Friday. Did you question it using #medialiteracy?

Sure hope ya did!

When you see someone making controversial claims -- things that make you react emotionally -- you gotta check the facts.

So how to verify this one? Look to primary sources.
@MittRomney’s Twitter is a great place to start. He tweeted his condolences Friday, but didn’t share his voting plans then.

Today @SenatorRomney (second account) put out a statement making it clear that he is willing to vote on a nominee before election day.
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18 Sep
There’s less than 50 days left until #Election2020 🗓️. In other words, you’re running out of time ⏳ to request your absentee ballot 🗳️ . Confused? You’re not alone. But worry not, we’re here to help! #MVP2020
🗳️ Check your local Supervisor of Elections website to (a) see if you’re eligible to vote absentee and (b) find out the deadline to request your ballot. ⚠️ HEADS UP ⚠️ EVERY STATE HAS DIFFERENT DEADLINES FOR REQUESTING BALLOTS ONLINE AND BY MAIL.
🗳️ 🗳️ Once you’ve requested and received your ballot, it’s time to vote 🗳️! Different states have different witness, notary, ID, and signature requirements for absentee ballots. Make sure you’ve fulfilled every requirement before you return your completed ballot.
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18 Sep
Before you vote in #Election2020, you should know there are loads of distorted facts out there meant to sway your vote. If sorting facts from fiction feels impossible, then it’s time to try lateral reading. Check out this video and thread to see how it works 🧵👇 @SHEG_Stanford
To understand the information you’re reading, you need to put it in context. Start by diving into the internet rabbit hole 🐇 🕳️ and reading what different sources are saying. Open up multiple tabs so it’s easy to compare each source.
Search for keywords from the post and ask yourself, “Who shared this information and why?” Do they have something to gain from you spreading this information?
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18 Sep
Today, MediaWise is proud to announce that we’re teaming up with nine other fact-checking organizations through @factchecknet to fight misinformation and disinformation this election season. 🗳️ poynter.org/ifcn/2020/poyn…
This partnership will bring together U.S.-based journalists and fact-checkers in a bilingual alliance to give voters 🗳️ the information they need to make their decisions based on facts, not fiction.
From now until Inauguration Day in 2021, we’ll be sharing our content with @TelemundoNews and @UniNoticias who will translate fact-checks before reposting them on their websites. All fact-checks will be available in English and Spanish through the #FactChat bot on @WhatsApp. 💬 Image
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14 Sep
Last week, @USPS sent postcards to some voters that offered tips for voting by mail. But, since every state has different rules for voting by mail, some of these tips don’t apply to voters in each state.
Colorado sends every voter a mail-in ballot. So, voters do NOT need to request a ballot, despite @USPS' recommendation to request ballots 15 days before the election. 9news.com/article/news/p…
Although some voters have already received the @USPS mailer, Colorado filed a lawsuit and restraining order against @USPS to avoid worsening confusion. A federal judge has now banned USPS from sending similar mailers until September 22. cnn.com/2020/09/13/pol… Image
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11 Sep
(Might be worse than ghosts tbh)

Cheap fakes are here.

GOP officials shared a series of easily altered, misleading videos targeting @JoeBiden. Let’s check them out and talk about how to avoid falling victim to misinformation: Image
White House social media director @DanScavino shared a video of Biden falling asleep during a local TV interview… that never happened.

Here’s the local TV interview the video really came from:
The video of Biden (from an interview with Hillary Clinton) was placed over the original interviewee’s image to make it look like the VP dozed off. Snores were added too *sigh*

A bunch of fact-checkers called out the clip. Here’s what Reuters wrote:
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