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Monday, January 25, 2016

"Fact checking social media...." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #109)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired 
professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived

 in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on

 the tropical island of kauai
with his best friend Obama Da Dog!

People post so many things
 without fact checking.

Fact Checking Social Media

I enjoy social media, especially Facebook.

Lately, I have found so many false statements usually written up in meme form, those are those photos with words attached within the photo.

Many friends I consider intelligent, just post without fact checking. At times I will tell them it's not true and they should fact check before posting? Some say they aren't journalists,  so it doesn't matter. I say it matters since many times the post will lead to a website that has computer malware infections.

Here are a few most recent memes I fact checked and found to not be true."

"Consider a group of baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not ... a Congress! I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington!"

Snopes declared false along with many other fact checking groups such as Politifact, a group that  makes a living at fact checking political propaganda.

Merriam-Webster.com also produced negative results. So did the online version of the Oxford Dictionary.

It's easy to fact check, check go to Google and type,"fact check," whatever  your question is?

There was a meme stating Barach and Michelle Obama surrendered their law licenses to avoid ethics charges.
A court official confirms that no public disciplinary proceeding has ever been brought against either of them, contrary to a false Internet rumor.

It was also rumored a few months back that Costco would start selling recreation Marijuana in Washington and Colorado, there were hundreds of memes floating around social media, this too was false, but people still like to hit the share button before fact checking.


Many times there are offers of  extremely cheap airfares if you share a meme, offers of free cars to share a meme. If it sounds to good to be true, fact check before sharing or clicking onto a website that may infect your computer.
Both major political parties
make up falsehoods,

The worst memes are the political memes, the Democrats, make up lies about Republicans and the Republicans make up lies about the Democrats.

Thousands posted 
this non truth,
If you fact checked

 you find the truth!

Be careful what you share, spreading false information  on Facebook is a federal crime and can get you up to 10 years in jail! Not really, just showing how easy it is to spread false info.

Watch what you share on social media, and please remember to fact check before spreading  falsehoods that may ruin your  reputation as a social media junkie.

Should you decide to share before fact checking  that's OK too!

Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared from Facebook...


Rick Comstock said...

All the facts I need to hear come from Tina Fey and SNL. AlsoTrevor Noah with Comedy Central. As for the memes most are satirical, humorous and funny. Like this blog. One must use the Serenity Prayer whenever on the internet. And of course if it's on the internet it must be true. Humor is infectious.... I just completed fact checking this blog....I give it 4 thumbs up.

KimoRosen said...

Great comment, funny!

Walter Lewis said...

Aloha: All responsible people, including journalists, should refrain from writing anything claimed to be factual without carefully checking the reliability of the source. Far too much erroneous material is spewed into the public domain which unjustly damages reputations and reflects adversely on the sender.

Regards. Walter

Rick Comstock said...

My 1st amendment rights are being violated ( IMO ). Social media is basically opinion based. True people should show responsible commentary. Even TGI fails at this. Especially in the OP-ED letters. Reader beware! Judge Judy seldom if ever sides with "Pain and Suffering" It's all a reality show but knowing the difference is the fence you walk as a reader, a thin skinned reader reacts without realizing the difference. Enjoying and talking with my dogs gets me all the unconditional understand I need between fun blogs and memes.

Anonymous said...

You are amazing on how much you do with your blog even with the fact checking issues.

Rick Comstock said...

I really enjoy Kimos' blog just as he enjoys publishing it. And the dogs enjoy Obama da Dog special blogs. And I must say is Kimos' memes are truly some of the funniest. All is allowed in the spirit of good entertainment.....Bring Kimo back to TGI....

Anonymous said...

Rick, I've tried, So is life in Paradise? wink emoticon