Have you heard of the Great Wikipedia Hoaxes of 2008 and 2012? They were deliberately instigated by Professor T. Mills Kelly of George Mason University as part of a class exercise. It was a great experiment in information exchange and trust within communities. (Go have a quick read. I’ll wait.)
I’m a big fan of accuracy and am usually one of the first people in a group to check Snopes (which has issues of its own) and other resources. Having been online since the early 90s, back when it was all text-based BBS boards and 56K baud modems – if you were lucky – I think my skepticism has had a chance to develop and expand over the years. I’m not immune from falling prey to some whoppers, but am, perhaps, less likely than the average user.
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