Fact Checking Online

The internet is a great tool. It gives everyone the ability to create content and share online. This allows people knowledgeable in a subject to easily share their knowledge with the masses, or even just allows someone to share their opinion regarding a subject with everyone. The downsides are anyone can create content that is misleading, click-bait, or a hoax.

We have quickly gone from the days where you hear “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet” to your social media feed being filled with click-bait misinformation that your conspiracy theory loving auntie keeps sharing.

Fortunately there are ways to check the facts of a link before you click share on social media.

Facebook and Twitter have both released tools on their social media platforms to help prevent the spread of misinformation. Automated tools aren’t always perfect so the onus is on you to check the validity of an article before blindly sharing. One of Twitters tools will show a message, warning that you haven’t click the article to read it and are retweeting based only of the clickbait title alone. These tools aren’t perfect – do your research before sharing.

Snopes is a fact-checking website that was started in 1994 as Urban Legends Reference Pages. It has since become one of the most recognised fact checking websites when it comes to misinformation being shared online. Snopes allows you to do a search of their site for keywords so you can easily verify information before sharing.

Google fact check allows you to perform a Google Search via fact checking websites. This gives you a quick summary of what is claimed to be true, and a true or false answer. You can then use this information to decide on whether or not to share the information. There are many more fact checking websites which can be viewed on Wikipedia.

Before you blindly click share on the next click-bait article, please take the time to read it and research the facts in the article. This will make the internet a better and more informative place.

Christmas and New Years 2020

Thank you to everyone who has supported Grenfell Internet Centre throughout 2020. It was a tough year around the world for many reasons but in some ways it was a good reminder of how great we have it here in Grenfell!

Instead of focusing on the bad that happened throughout 2020, take time to celebrate your wins, catch up with friends and family if possible, and start 2021 on a positive.

Thanks again for your support during 2020, and I look forwarding to solving your tech related problems in 2021!

Grenfell Internet Centre will close at 4:30pm, Friday 18th December 2020 and will re-open 9:30am, Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Australian Government Mobile Service Centre

Visit the Mobile Service Centre to find out about Australian Government payments and services for rural families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and self-employed people.

Information about Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services for veterans and their families will also be available.

Staff can provide you with information and support. They can also help you create a myGov account. myGov is a simple and secure way to access government services online.

Mobile Service Centre will be opposite Grenfell Public Library

Monday 2nd November 2020 – 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 3rd November 2020 – 9am to 4pm

Computer Maintenance & Repairs, Custom Built Computers, Laptops and more.