The internet is great for a lot of things, but in today’s world, there’s a lot of information out there you can’t trust. It’s easy to think information posted on Facebook or Twitter, especially by family and friends, is accurate, but we want to remind you that’s not always the case!
For instance, this viral Facebook post has led people to believe their pets are required to be given shelter at hotels and motels during natural disasters:
The information in this post is NOT true. According to Snopes.com, “Neither the Federal Emergency Management Agency nor federal law requires all hotels and motels to accept all pets during hurricane evacuations or other disasters.” Here’s a site that will help you find pet-friendly places to stay, but the question remains: How do you know what to trust and not to trust?
If you ever see a post from a non-reliable source, especially in regards to hot topics such as law, politics, and weather, give it a quick search and do your own digging in places you know you can trust, like government websites. Often you’ll find a definitive answer about what’s true and what’s false early on in your search. If you can’t find a clear answer to the authenticity of online information, do your part and don’t share it with the world.
Luckily, there are online sources of news you can trust. Check for account verifications and a reputable amount of followers to ensure the validity of the content.
Want a head start to finding reliable weather information? Here’s a list of great Twitter accounts to follow for hurricane season and another list of all The Weather Channel meteorologists, producers, and executives accounts on Twitter.
Overall, you need to get your information from credible sources, don’t spread information if you don’t know if it’s true, and remember everything posted online doesn’t automatically make it accurate!