How to Spot Dangerous False News


By David Merlin

Published: 2017-04-18

Facebook has announced that it is taking out ads in major German publications that tell readers how to spot fake news with tips on how to identify spurious news items. We at CODOH have a few tips on how to spot the most dangerous types of False News.

Tip One– Be suspicious of anyone who tells you there is a small group of conspirators on the other side of the World who have secret weapons and are about to attack you.

And two Trillion dollars and countless dead later

Tip Two– Do not trust anyone who claims that the war they want you to get into will be over quickly; this includes invasions, peace keeping actions, wars on drugs or poverty.

President Johnson signing the Economic
Opportunity Act of 1964 (the War on Poverty)Leyenda




Tip Three– Never give up your civil liberties to someone who tells you that they are fighting Witches, Terrorists, Child pornography, or Hate.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas 

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas announcing that Social-network providers are responsible when their platforms are misused to propagate hate crimes and fake news…”

We at CODOH think that the most dangerous False News is the false news which comes from governments. We think that a Free and Open Internet is the best defense against governmental misinformation and propaganda.

Remember, people die when governments lie.  

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Author(s) David Merlin
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