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Stop, think before posting

To fight fake news and online hoaxes, first look at multiple sources and draw your own conclusion before sharing

With the revelation of Cambridge Analytica manipulating American voters' behaviour using Facebook, I assumed that people will be more careful in believing what they read on social media.

Instead, last week, I saw some friends on Facebook re-posting a well-known hoax. In this hoax, users are supposed to check if their Facebook accounts are being hacked by simply typing BFF in the comments section or their own post. If the BFF you type turns out to be green, you are safe. If not, you are supposed to be hacked and need to change your password.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2018, with the headline 'Stop, think before posting'. Print Edition | Subscribe