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(Today)   How to prevent your internet friends from spreading hoaxes. Or maybe they really aren't hoaxes and this is just a way for the Illuminati to ensure your ignorance   (today.com) divider line 89
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2013-04-28 07:26:29 PM
Snopes
 
2013-04-28 07:27:29 PM
Get smarter friends.
 
2013-04-28 07:30:03 PM
Don't read FW FW FW FW FW FW FW emails?
 
2013-04-28 07:30:23 PM
Filter:  subject contains FW: FW: FW:
 
2013-04-28 07:33:08 PM
Done in one.

Incidentally, I love the "new" convention of putting "checked on Snopes.com!" in the spam to try to keep people from actually checking. I know people have been doing it for a long time, but it's been making a comeback recently.
 
2013-04-28 07:33:38 PM
Was this article written by The Sniper?

/difference bein' one's a job and the other's mental sickness!
 
2013-04-28 07:33:50 PM
Call them out on every stupid-ass parrot post on facebook that is easily debunked by googling the topic.  You may lose a friend or two, but its better then being friends with a moron.

/Repost this now and win a chance at 50 googlian dollars, and a free ipad.
 
2013-04-28 07:37:47 PM

AGremlin: Get smarter friends.


Do you really want to isolate yourself from the stupidity that drives public opinion?
 
2013-04-28 07:39:01 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Done in one.

Incidentally, I love the "new" convention of putting "checked on Snopes.com!" in the spam to try to keep people from actually checking. I know people have been doing it for a long time, but it's been making a comeback recently.


I don't believe you.
 
2013-04-28 07:40:39 PM
You mean my friends that promised me Bill Gates is going to give me a check for testing his new e-mail tracking service or my Nigerian buddies? Because I really don't want them talking to each other.
 
2013-04-28 07:43:45 PM
should not this have been a img1.fark.net, judging from recent examples of that tag?
 
2013-04-28 07:43:48 PM
People would rather post something first than give any thought to its accuracy or presentation. If it sounds right, it doesn't need to be right. Everyone's in such a hurry to be wrong.
 
2013-04-28 07:45:59 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Incidentally, I love the "new" convention of putting "checked on Snopes.com!" in the spam to try to keep people from actually checking. I know people have been doing it for a long time, but it's been making a comeback recently.


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-04-28 07:46:17 PM
But RighWingNuts, who love spreading herp and derp, say Snopes is run by Atheist Devil Worshipers who work for Obama and his Communist Minions.
 
2013-04-28 07:48:41 PM
There is no conspiracy fnord that you have to worry about, just keep purchasing fnord goods like you should
 
2013-04-28 07:48:55 PM

Dear Jerk: AGremlin: Get smarter friends.

Do you really want to isolate yourself from the stupidity that drives public opinion?


Is this a trick question?
 
2013-04-28 07:48:56 PM
Oh please. If someone decides to share something as fact without checking first, they deserve to be called out. Some of it IS true but is just spam, and people just can't help put push that like/share button. People should be called out on that, and if they can't handle that, it's not worth having them on your newsfeed anyway.

People go on about how naive and gullible people were 'back in the day' (think WWII propaganda) but turn around believe/share all the above shared garbage on Facebook.
 
2013-04-28 07:49:46 PM
Omg ATTENTION ALL PPL THAT ACTULY CarE!! Did u no that ONIONS when left for moar then ten (10) days!! If u luv ur children, read this science article about the dangers of this "vegetable"!!!! BE CAREFUL every1 lol. Obama doeznt wont u to no about this b/c it makes money for BIG BU$INE$$!!!!

SHaRE if u CARe and IGNORE if u luv satan!!!
 
2013-04-28 07:50:52 PM
Pick your battles. Ignore the stupid posts and debunk the ones that can get someone in trouble. The recent ones telling you to dial 112 to contact local police or using egg whites to treat burns are potentially dangerous. Telling me that KFC no longer uses the word"chicken" because their meat comes from mutants does noting but make you look stupid.
 
2013-04-28 07:53:06 PM
Of course "noting" instead of "nothing" can also make me look stupid.
 
2013-04-28 07:53:10 PM
Why didn't they just title this article 'Dear Old People'?
 
2013-04-28 07:54:40 PM

voodoohotdog: Snopes


Back when I was on Facebook, I politely pointed out a friend that she was wrong, and linked to a snopes article.

Her response: "Snopes is bullshiat, you know this, right?"

I never poked that caged animal with a stick again.
 
2013-04-28 07:55:40 PM

BumpInTheNight: Call them out on every stupid-ass parrot post on facebook that is easily debunked by googling the topic.  You may lose a friend or two, but its better then being friends with a moron.

/Repost this now and win a chance at 50 googlian dollars, and a free ipad.


This is what I do.

Now where's my 50 googlian dollars and free ipad?
 
2013-04-28 07:59:00 PM
Why would I want to stop them? It's my morning mental gymnastics setting them straight, and I've become good enough at it that they often think they debunked the hoax themselves.

/that's the best thing about questioning authority: it's contagious
//and even a filibuster-proof majority can't stop the spread
 
2013-04-28 08:03:59 PM
I made a video showing that it takes fifteen seconds to hit google with the text of your hoax, and GIS with the photo, both of which will bring up several hoax sites, and prevent you looking like an asshole.  Anyone who posts hoaxes gets it pasted in the comments.

Doesn't work.
 
2013-04-28 08:06:37 PM
Every hoax you debunk is simply a symptom of the person's underlying mindset and no number of debunkings is going to affect their mindset. It's a hopeless effort.
 
2013-04-28 08:08:15 PM

BumpInTheNight: Call them out on every stupid-ass parrot post on facebook that is easily debunked by googling the topic.  You may lose a friend or two, but its better then being friends with a moron.


When I was on FB, I managed to trim my 'friends' list of most of my relatives this way.

/I could have refused to 'friend' them to begin with, but that would have engendered hard(er) feelings
 
2013-04-28 08:14:41 PM
I call people out all the time. Sometimes they pull the"snopes is bullshiat" line, so i deffer to another debunk site. Sometimes, when they are particularly stupid, i cuss th e m out and delete them. I hate stupid people.
 
2013-04-28 08:15:19 PM

catmandu: The recent ones telling you to dial 112 to contact local police


I received that one. It made no sense at all. A fake cop supposedly raped some girl. Would the rapist intercept a call to 911?
 
2013-04-28 08:22:55 PM
DNRTFA, I am busy looking for baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide so I can make a Mt. Dew glow bottle.
 
2013-04-28 08:24:05 PM

ko_kyi: DNRTFA, I am busy looking for baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide so I can make a Mt. Dew glow bottle.


Hey now, I farking love science is kind of cool sometimes.

But yeah...I lol'd.
 
2013-04-28 08:26:23 PM
Far from trying to debunk internet hoaxes and conspiracy theories I've gone through the mirror and start them now.

Hey, I can't fight them, but I can pollute the mindspace with COMEDY GOLD!!!
 
2013-04-28 08:36:44 PM

voodoohotdog: Snopes


When I correct people by checking Snopes, I'm told Snopes is a liberal Democrat propaganda machine and nothing they say can be trusted.

Then I remove these people from every facet of my life.

Yes, I've booted a number of people from FB because they're farking stupid.
 
2013-04-28 08:38:51 PM

Dear Jerk: AGremlin: Get smarter friends.

Do you really want to isolate yourself from the stupidity that drives public opinion?


That's what Fark is for.

All of the opinion and half the fat!
 
2013-04-28 08:49:58 PM
Last week a coworker emailed to tell me that Pepsi uses aborted fetuses in their soda. Not only this, but Obama said that this was perfectly acceptable due to government guidelines. Guidelines that tell businesses just how many aborted fetuses they can have in their products.
Today I received an email about "butt spiders" from a supervisor. Apparently spiders from Asia, very specific, have come over to the US to hide under our toilet rims to bite our citizens on the ass while they poop. This was sent to everyone in the department. that's just so stupid, I'm embarrassed for her.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/pepsi.asp
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/insects/telamonia.asp
 
2013-04-28 08:50:07 PM
this is the one i've been seeing lately with the predictable "it couldn't hurt, could it?"

0.tqn.com

/i usually reply with: the word Gullible is not in the dictionary
 
2013-04-28 08:52:13 PM
How to steal all your material from Lifehacker (or any other site) and get hits, and feel like it's okay because you linked back to them.
 
2013-04-28 08:55:44 PM

justoneznot: How to steal all your material from Lifehacker (or any other site) and get hits, and feel like it's okay because you linked back to them.


Given that Lifehacker is a Gawker Media site, and most of their material is from other sites....
 
2013-04-28 08:59:00 PM
I have seen a few friends post something fake story on Facebook only to have one of their friends gently respond with a Snopes link debunking it, then my friend responded with something like, "Oh, oops. Well, I feel stupid. Guess I should have checked!"  When that happens, I feel a little bad that my friend is embarrassed, but I don't think less of them--everyone messes up sometimes. (More often than not, it's an "unbelievable!" photo that is, in fact, not to be believed.)

Sometimes the embarrassment is so great that the friend becomes defensive--"Well, just because THIS article isn't true doesn't mean it doesn't happen!" That does knock the friend down a bit in my eyes, but depending on the friend and the situation, I can overlook it.

Then there are the ones who utterly refuse to believe any evidence to the contrary. The worst Facebook tantrum I witnessed was someone going apeshiat over some conspiracy about circumcision and the foreskin black market (?!). If it's someone I'm not related to, I unfriend them. If it's a relative, I hide their posts in my newsfeed. Every once in awhile (like before family functions), I can go over to their profile page and see what they're up to, but I don't need them as a constant presence in my life.
 
2013-04-28 09:05:38 PM

generallyso: Every hoax you debunk is simply a symptom of the person's underlying mindset and no number of debunkings is going to affect their mindset. It's a hopeless effort.


Not always true; I fell for one or two of them when I was fairly new to internet/my own computer (had to go to friend's houses til 2000). My awesome IT friend guy hit me twice with the snopes debunking, and ever since I've been passing it on to other, most of whom have taken it well.
 
2013-04-28 09:26:40 PM
Solution: stop using farking facebook.  Worked for me!
 
2013-04-28 09:29:25 PM
Remember kids: the only truth there is, is what the TV says. Never think for yourself.

I know that's not exactly what the article says, but it does suggest you should only be suspicious of things said by people who aren't on TV. You should be fact checking everything you hear. Even what the talking heads on TV say.
 
2013-04-28 09:31:36 PM
The only person I've actually removed from my friends list for saying something stupid was a coworker who went on a rant on how females are suppose to be submissive and its ultimately the mans job to make decisions. No females should be in authority ( especially political ) and that women having the right to vote was a terrible mistake.

She finally got fired for her bullshiat views that she'd spew at work last week.
 
2013-04-28 09:31:38 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Remember kids: the only truth there is, is what the TV says. Never think for yourself.

I know that's not exactly what the article says, but it does suggest you should only be suspicious of things said by people who aren't on TV. You should be fact checking everything you hear. Even what the talking heads on TV say.


Or don't watch TV. I haven't watched network news for at least five years.
 
2013-04-28 09:34:26 PM
There's actually a phenomenon that if someone believes something that's not true, the more you try to debunk it, the more fervently they cling to their incorrect beliefs. I'm sure there's a technical name for it that someone will post here shortly, and I find the concept fascinating. It's almost as if people would rather be stupid than wrong.

I suppose it's how you explain birthers, the Jesus-rode-dinosaurs kooks, the global warming deniers, and the conspiracy geeks.
 
2013-04-28 09:40:29 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Remember kids: the only truth there is, is what the TV says. Never think for yourself.

I know that's not exactly what the article says, but it does suggest you should only be suspicious of things said by people who aren't on TV. You should be fact checking everything you hear. Even what the talking heads on TV say.


Ahhh...critical thinking, a seemingly lost art.  Why do any research, when you can just mindlessly parrot what some unvetted blog on the internet is advocating?
 
2013-04-28 09:43:11 PM

jaytkay: catmandu: The recent ones telling you to dial 112 to contact local police

I received that one. It made no sense at all. A fake cop supposedly raped some girl. Would the rapist intercept a call to 911?



This is one of those where there is a kernel of truth: Apparently the warning started in England and 112 is the emergency number in the EU . A few systems in the US will roll over to 911 but most will not. There have been some assaults by fake cops pulling over women.
 
2013-04-28 09:45:55 PM

JerkStore: There's actually a phenomenon that if someone believes something that's not true, the more you try to debunk it, the more fervently they cling to their incorrect beliefs. I'm sure there's a technical name for it that someone will post here shortly, and I find the concept fascinating. It's almost as if people would rather be stupid than wrong.

I suppose it's how you explain birthers, the Jesus-rode-dinosaurs kooks, the global warming deniers, and the conspiracy geeks.


There seems to be a lot of this phenomenon in the threads on Fark as well.  Oh by the way, the Jerk Store called and they're out of...  Nice handle.
 
2013-04-28 09:56:15 PM
The ones that get me are when I DO point out to someone that they are spreading a hoax, give them Snopes' links and others.

Then those asshats actually get mad at ME, not because I pointed it out, but because I shattered their "hope" that it was real.
 
2013-04-28 10:15:46 PM

moothemagiccow: People would rather post something first than give any thought to its accuracy or presentation. If it sounds right, it doesn't need to be right. Everyone's in such a hurry to be wrong.


"This is CNN."
 
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