April 02, 2024

International Fact-Checking Day: Cultivating Digital Literacy for Greater Good

In an age of information overload in the digital world, differentiating fact from fiction has become necessary for all consumers.
As we observe International Fact-Checking Day, let us, as individuals and professionals, exercise self-awareness in how we consume and disseminate information, all while safeguarding our integrity and our employer brands. In today’s ‘phygital’ society, our online presence often merges with our physical identity and becomes an extension of our professional life.

As representatives and ambassadors of our organizations, it’s essential to understand that our social media and online actions and words reflect on us and our employers. Therefore, exercising caution and neutrality in our personal commentary on social media platforms is essential.

Ensuring we avoid biased views, angry rants, or extreme viewpoints not only ensures our sanity but also protects the employer brand.Today, social media is a double-edged tool. Incorrect and unverified messages can spread fast, causing societal disharmony. Hence, we should be utmost careful. The continuous barrage of forwards from unverified sources such as “Whatsapp University” demands filtering. Mindlessly sharing such content contributes to digital garbage and risks spreading misinformation. Instead, let’s promise to be alert digital citizens, always considering the larger good of every piece of information before amplifying it.

International Fact-Checking Day

Yet, amidst the digital noise, multiple advantages exist to benefit from and better use of online communication channels.

The benefits are manifold, be it DIY online courses, study and teaching courses, or being in touch with loved ones via group chats. In times of emergency, social and online media serve as invaluable tools for connecting with near and dear ones and spreading the word for help and resources

On this International Fact-Checking Day, we should become aware and alert digital citizens where we can differentiate between the good and
not-so-good. It will help us reduce digital clutter and create a cleaner, more fact-driven information exchange ecosystem. As a part of the larger universe, let’s be thankful for such technological progress and use it in a way-forward manner. Our ability to use technology for good and larger purpose is critical in our online behaviour.

In the online world, three things are significant to move ahead in a positive manner

  • accuracy of the information,
  • responsibility to forward or share only meaningful content and
  • respect for our collective good and progress.

As we navigate the ever-expanding world of digital and online platforms, our actions will be responsible for shaping society and helping the overall community practice goodness for humankind. Let’s use this power with responsibility and reverence.

International Fact-Checking Day shouldn’t become another day to celebrate once a year! Rather, on this day, let’s promise ourselves to be responsible and respectful for every digital piece of content that we share with our larger network and community. This will help us spread the message of love and learning in a manner that creates a sense of harmony and hope for the future.