FAQs about Checking Fake News
Be prudent when re-sending information. Don’t share if you are uncertain about the facts, the context, or the origin of the message, especially if it is outdated. You could also ask the sender to help verify the facts – this helps to create a discerning culture when sending messages.
Pope Francis focused on fake news and journalism for peace in his 2018 World Communications Day message. In support of the Holy Father’s call to fight fake news and its pervasiveness, ArchComms held the VERITAS Workshop: Untangling Fake News on 14 Apr 2018.
The aim of the workshop was to highlight the different types of fake news, what is the truth, and how as individuals we can do our part to stop the spread of fake news.
Topics covered were:
- Talk 1 : The Challenge of Fake News in the Church
- Talk 2 : A Theological Reflection
- Talk 3 : How can I stop Fake News?
Access workshop materials here.
Why use “Veritas” (Truth) ? Given Jesus’s claims in the Gospels to be the Truth, “Veritas” inspired the motto of several prominent Western universities, as well as the Catholic Church’s Dominican Order. Since Truth is the best way to fight fake news, “Veritas” was chosen as the campaign name for our Archdiocese’s media education to counter fake news.
It started as a micro-site to explain to Catholics in Singapore the importance of having access to the official Instant Messaging (IM) platform for the Catholic Church in Singapore, so that she can convey information on security emergencies, fake news, etc., directly to her members in a timely manner.
Access Telegram here.