Tag Archive for debunking

YouTube-Google lends a welcome hand to UFO debunkers

It’s happened to lots of websites: criticism (or just a mention) of a product or a person results in an overreaction with an inappropriate claim of copyright infringement. How can you soundly explain the reasoning for why you think a certain photo is a bear, not a Bigfoot or that a UFO video is a hoax unless…

2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID. Conspiracy videos of 9/11 on Facebook: People should be responsible for what they share on social media. It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim:…

Sticky misinformation stays with you until you actively peel it off

Another gem from the researcher that brought us news about conspiracy beliefs. Misinformation: Why it sticks and how to fix it. Why does that kind of misinformation stick? A new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores this phenomenon. The main reason that misinformation…

An essential guide: The Debunking Handbook

Suggestion: Go download. Now. Read and digest. Get out there and make a difference! The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download. The Debunking Handbook, a guide to debunking misinformation, is now freely available to download. Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there’s no summary of the literature that offers practical guidelines on…