Many Internet users, you can still quickly and easily with wrong messages bait and spread this lightly on to your environment. Especially in times of Corona-crisis, Fake News and half-truths are all the rage. Only this week a wrong message via WhatsApp made the round in which it was claimed that Bayern wool shorten the summer holidays this year. Many people considered the message to be true – even though it was a runaway April fools joke.

Fake News is now more and more authentic and “real”. Often the author of false news put a lot of effort to make the message as believable as possible come across.

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1. Who is the sender of the message?

This is a question you should ask yourself in two respects. Who sent you the message? And who is the sender or the source of the content? So which Medium or which authority is to be the sender of the message.

Often the messages from the vicinity of well – Known or circle of friends get Wrong. This makes it credible that the message could votes. Nevertheless, you should always be also in messages from friends in a mindful and content with a critical eye.

Alice real man, facts checkerin at the research platform Correctiv, explains in an Interview with “”: “ Whatsapp plays in the spread of a key role . You could almost call it the main distribution channel. And this has an important consequence: The exchange takes place mainly between Relatives or Acquaintances, and friends, so people you tend to be most familiar with.” It is so, remain to messages from friends and family members is always critical to .

The second question is of even greater importance, in order to detect a wrong message. If in the message a Medium is called, you should check this on his trustworthiness. If the website is a large and very well-known News, you should check whether the received message is actually the appropriate website to find .

you can do This with a quick Google-Search , by copying a paragraph of text and paste it into the Google search fits. More difficult this is, however, in the case of voice messages, or Screenshots of supposedly genuine articles (as is the case with this fake FOCUS-Online article). But even then, it is worthwhile to check via Google the authenticity of a message.

there Is also a public authority such as the police or a Ministry of the supposed source of the message, you can also use the website of the authority or of the Ministry to call to verify the message , or as a Fake News to uncover. The received message is a YouTube Video you should also YouTube Videos check , and thus a possibly dubious YouTube Channel to your attention.

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2. What is the Central message?

Often with Fake News is also a goal. You should consider exactly what is transported in a message rather emotions or sober facts? It comes to a debate like the topic of radio to Vaccinate or mobile, where supporters and opponents bitter and there are always conspiracy theories to the topics? Then you should the content of the message only the right critical questions. With the Embassy, someone might pursue a clear goal – such as the spreading of an absurd theory.

it’s about simple statements of fact such as opening Hours of supermarkets, you can find out this easily with an Internet search. A look at the website of the super market is often sufficient.

3. There is the message at another source?

this is Also a very effective way. Anyone who receives a message and the truth of which doubt should Google this, whether the news is also find it on other websites of renowned news portals. Several media have reported about the topic, the message is likely correct.

However, users should keep in mind that often only parts of a message are fake, and part of it is correct. This mixture of lies and truth, of course, requires much attention and Research.

fact check by Correctiv and the daily show-check

another useful tip is to take a look at the so-called facts checks by specialised websites. Often placed there in circulation eighth wrong messages already on your truth and refuted checked. It may well be that, for example, the dubious WhatsApp message that you receive, has already turns out to be wrong. Reputable and current facts checks there are in the research platform Correctiv and facts finder the news, as well as on the Portal Mimikama.

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the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Germany rise to 79.450, 1001 deaths

here you will find the currently reported Figures by the health ministries of the countries.

  • Baden-Württemberg: 15.971 (281 deaths)
  • Bavaria: 19.153 (277 deaths)
  • Berlin: 3223 (20 deaths)
  • Brandenburg: 1124 (11 deaths)
  • Bremen: 341 (6 deaths)
  • Hamburg: 2557 (11 deaths)
  • Hesse: 3882 (31 deaths)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 468 (4 deaths)
  • lower Saxony: 5059 (63 deaths)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 17.614 (202 deaths)
  • Rheinland-Pfalz: 3276 (27 deaths)
  • Saarland: 1252 (16 deaths)
  • Saxony: 2411 (19 deaths)
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 838 (11 deaths)
  • Schleswig-Holstein: 1343 (13 deaths)
  • Thüringen: 938 (9 deaths)

overall: as of 02.04., 19.45 PM: 79.450 (1001 deaths)

Stand from the day before: 01.04, 21.05 PM: 72.893 (859 deaths)

a source to the numbers Infected and death: country health and social ministries.

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