In the modern era now, the dissemination of information can quickly be conveyed, even from the farthest ends of the world. The acceleration of the movement of information is due to the existence of supporting technology where news can be disseminated quickly, especially the internet. The internet provides the freedom for humanity to be able to provide and receive information, both trough online news portals and from social media. But, can we trust all the news on the internet? absolutely the answers is NO. this is because, now more and more news is not necessarily true, and easy to believe and become trending at that time
Fake news or that we often hear with the term hoax news, is a term used to mention a news story that has no truth in it. This news is made by someone with various aims and objectives. The news writer can only just want to idly write the news and so that he or the party being reported becomes viral. Or maybe, the writer wants to make the public chaotic and make public opinion worse with the object being reported.
Actually, there are six types of hoaxes based on the mode or purpose that often circulates in the community. The first is the chain hoax. This type of hoax is perhaps the most frequently encountered in our daily lives. You also often get messages through WhatsApp or BBM about continuing messages to several other friends for various reasons and modes. Starting from getting a certain gift or just the opposite is experiencing bad things if you do not spread it.
Hoax Virus, Hoax is usually much more sophisticated and developed by hackers who are spread via email or chat applications. Usually, this type of hoax contains a warning of a dangerous virus on the user’s computer or smartphone which is actually not infected. Next, users are advised to install certain applications or delete a file on the device. In fact, these two things are just as dangerous.
Then, Free Gift Hoaxes, these types of hoaxes have similar modes of online fraud. Perpetrators or fraudsters send broadcast messages, pop-up messages or SMS containing free gift announcements.
Then, the Name Defamation Hoax is no less dangerous than other hoaxes. Because, a piece of fake news can easily spread in cyberspace and be able to destroy someone’s life or career in an instant.
The fifth hoax is the melancholy story. This type of hoax is usually in the form of letters or news that contain news about someone who is ill and needs funds for surgery or medication. Not infrequently, this hoax that uses photos from Google to get sympathy. The purpose of this hoax is moreover if it is not money.
The last one is the Urban Legend Hoax. This urban legend hoax is usually a hoax about a particular place, object, or activity. Not infrequently, the hoax message urges netizens not to visit, buy, or do the things mentioned in the hoax earlier. The existence of this type of hoax can certainly have a negative impact on the object of the hoax, because the location is being shunned by the community until its economic value drops.
Seeing the many problems of hoax news that is happening in the community now, I want to give some tips so that it is easy for people to recognize hoax news and block it.
First, you have to be careful of provocative titles. Because a lot of news that gives a title that is full of sensation and wants to trigger a party to react. Usually thus news directly leads to those who want to be attacked. They usually take news from the official news portal and then change its contents to have a different perspective according to what the news maker wants.
To overcome this problem, when you encounter news with provocative title, search immediately on the official news page with the same title. Then, see the comparison of the contents of the two news, whether the same or different. That way you get a minimum of balanced news.
Secondly, check the address of the site that contains the news. For news obtained for websites or including links, check the URL address of the site. If it comes from a site that has not been verified as an official press institution – for example using a blog domain, the information is arguably dubious.
Then, check the facts in the news. Good news will include the source listed are authorized parties and not those who lack credibility. Pay attention to the balance of news sources, if there is only one source, the reader can’t get the whole picture. Also note that the news is based on facts or opinions. Facts are events that occur with testimonies and evidence, while opinions only contain opinions or impressions of the author telling so they tend to be subjective.
The, check the authenticity of the photo sent. In the current era of digital technology, not only text content can be manipulated, but also other content in the form of photos or videos. There are times when fake news makers also edit photos to provokes readers. The way to check the authenticity of photos can be by utilizing the Google search engine, by dragging and dropping into the Google Images search field. The search results will present similar images found on the internet so they can be compared.
Finally, take part in anti-hoax discussion groups. On Facebook there are a number of anti-hoax fanpage and discussion groups, such as Forum Anti Fitnah, Hasut, dan Hoax (FAFHH), Fanpage & Group Indonesian Hoax Buster, Fanpage Indonesian Hoaxes, and Grup Sekoci. In these discussion groups, netizens can join asking whether the information is a hoax or not, as well as seeing the clarification that has been given by others. All members can contribute so that the group functions like crowdsourcing that utilizes the power of many people.
How do we report the hoax that spreads on the internet. If you encounter hoax information, then how to prevent it from being spread. Internet users can report the hoax through the facilities available in each media.
For Facebook social media, use the Report Status feature and categorize hoax information as hatespeech / harrasment / rude / threatening, or other appropriate categories. If there are many complaints from netizens, usually Facebook will delete the status. For Google, you can use the feedback feature to report sites from search results if they contain false information. Twitter has a Report Tweet feature to report negative tweets, as well as Instagram. Then, for internet users you can complain negative content to the Ministry of Communication and Information by sending an e-mail to [email protected] address.
Indonesian Anti Hoax community also provides data.turnbackhoax.id page to accommodate hoax complaints from netizens. TurnBackHoax also functions as a database containing hoax news references.
Of all the tips mentioned above, of course all also depends on our wisdom as users of internet services. If we already know that it is fake news, it does not cover the possibility that we can also spread the hoax news. However, all of us have a basic conscience, which we use to determine what is good and what is bad to do.
Remain careful in selecting news and always protect our families from the threat of hoax news.