3 Steps to Treat Disinformation Like a Scientific Paper

Lery PointDuJour

When a #scientific paper is published, it goes thru a rigorous review process that you may want to consider when questioning some #data / article that may be #disinformation. Here are some of the generalized steps involved:

1)     A short description or “abstract” is shared. Almost no-one believes the results by default.

2)     An entire paper is shared including the methods for any scientist to recreate the results. Some start to believe in the results.

3)     The experiment in the paper is conducted on three or more occasions independently by other scientists. If the results match, everyone believes.

How can this translate to disinformation?

1)     When a description is shared, don’t believe it by default.

2)     Seek out more reference information in order to start to believe it. Do not accept vagueness or suggestion. Enough information should be shared where you can connect the dots yourself.

3)     Look for actual evidence (not other comments or writing) to confirm what the person is saying; convince yourself that it is true.

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