Facebook: Block the Click – Screenshot It!

Create a new post and add a screenshot of offending sites!

Instead of Sharing on Facebook – Screenshot and New Post!

Block that Click!

I see complaints about various click-bait sites all the time on Facebook. Sometimes we inadvertently add to the power of the sites in question. Rescind that power by taking a screenshot instead of sharing! Folks post links to sites that they are appalled by – essentially sharing garbage that they’ve seen on their feed. They add some warning comment like “FROAK don’t click this awful page!” Maybe they don’t realize it, but just reposting the link will not only get more people to see, and potentially click through, to the offensive site but also increase the sites mojo with Facebook. Sites with more mojo get lifted higher in the news feed leading to more folks seeing the post.

Mojo is an old internet term meaning it has more influence or power. A website with more mojo means search engines like Google.com, Yahoo.com and yes, Facebook, rank them higher. This brings the web page to the front page of a search where more people will see it and potentially click the link. It’s a bit of a FROAKING cascade since as it moves to the front (or top!) more and more people find it and unknowingly add to it’s power by clicking through! Why not use a screenshot on a new post instead of sharing?

Don’t Add Mojo!

So what do you do? You see a page that you want to warn folks about. Or you feel compelled to comment about how awful or factually inaccurate the site is. But you don’t want to entice more people to click through – what to do? Take a screenshot and post that instead! It’s not that hard although it does take a minute or two longer. But isn’t that worth it to fight Fake News sites and prevent bad memes from being promoted on Facebook?

Don’t Click Share – Click Post!

If you share something on your feed, Facebook thinks you approve of it! Instead, take a screenshot and add it to a new post! Yes, this takes a few minutes more – but isn’t it worth it to deprive bad sites like Breitbart from getting money through your Shares? Yes, that’s right, you’re helping them make money by sharing it to your Facebook page.

Screenshots are easy to take – especially on a laptop or desktop computer. Not everyone has done it before and Facebook doesn’t have a direct way to do it. They could add a screenshot button/option to help those used to apps taking care of everything. But until they do, here’s a couple of ways to add a screenshot to a Facebook post

Screenshot Walk Through for Computer Users

Up in the right hand corner of most keyboards there is a button labled ‘Print Screen.’ Tap that button once. On some keyboards you have to push and hold the Windows key before tapping the ‘Print Screen‘ button.

Open any photo editing software. If you have Windows, use Paint. For Apple users the app is iPhoto.

The two things you should do once the photo software is open is add the image and crop it to just the area you want to share. The rest of this tutorial is for Windows users as I don’t have a Mac.

Click Edit and then Paste the screenshot as a new image.

Now, you want to crop the image to only show the website. Click Image and Crop in Paint. You can now right click on the image and drag your mouse to cover the area you want to keep. If you don’t get it just right, you can drag the corners to move the crop area around. Click Image and Crop again. This will leave you with the cropped screenshot.

Save your new screenshot! Click File then Save As. Give your screenshot a name and select a place to store it where you’ll be able to find it. If I’m just posting to Facebook, I save it to my desktop because I’m going to delete it after I upload it anyway.

Screenshots on Android Phones

It’s easy to take a screenshot on your Android phone as well but there are many different ways depending on who made your phone. Two common ways to take a screenshot are to either:

  1. Press the power button and the volume button at the same time.
  2. Press the power button and home button at the same time.

Rather than try to show every variation in this post, go to Android Central! They have a great round up of peculiar ways to screenshot on your phone.

iPhone Screenshots!

iPhones are more consistent, of course. Simply press the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time!

Upload to Facebook

The final step is to upload your screenshot to Facebook. You make your comment as usual, then click the camera icon on the bottom of your screen. Navigate to where you stuck that screenshot and upload it! Now, you have an unclickable picture of whatever bad site you wanted to talk about without adding to it’s Mojo or allowing others to accidentally click through.

Sources: Android Central

How to Report a Fake News Story to Facebook

Fake News – Bane of True Democracy

For the last few months there has been a huge uptick of fake news stories being spread on social media. Facebook got noticeably worse when they fired the editors who vetted the news that appears on your upper right column. In addition, our fellow Facebookers have been posting an awful lot of misinformation. Some are so emotionally addicted to this kind of sensational misinformation that they don’t realize what their posting is hogwash, while others are posting it either to tweak fact-lovers’ noses or try to influence those that don’t fact check.

Fighting Fake News

The best way to stop the Facebook fake news stories are to report them to Facebook. Facebook has enabled this new feature after the huge criticism it received during the election. With the new system, users identify and report the fake stories and hopefully Facebook will delete them. If you’re certain that a news story is fake (and not just slanted) then take a moment and help Facebook clean up our feeds! Not sure how to report a fake news story? That’s because Facebook has buried the option deep within their menus.

Step by Step Guide

Step 1 – Hover over the upper right corner of the post and click the “v”

fake news step 1: Select the downarrow in the upper right corner of the post!

Hover over the upper right hand corner to make the down arrow appear!

Step 2 – Select Report Post

fake news Step 2: Select report the post

Click to Report the Post

Step 3 – Pick ‘I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook’ and click Continue

fake news step 3:Select 'I think this shouldn't be on Facebook'

Select ‘I think this shouldn’t be on Facebook’

Step 4 – Select ‘It’s a false News Story’ and click Continue

fake news step 4: Here you find 'It's a False News Story'

Pick ‘It’s a False News Story’ and continue

Step 5 – You can then select to Block, Hide All or message the person who posted the story.

fake news step 5: Select X to just close the dialog or choose to contact your friend or block them!

Last chance to double check the truth! Or just click x and move on!

You may want to message your friend or block them, of if it’s a Facebook page that’s giving false news you might block them but if you do, you won’t be able to report future false stories from them!

You aren’t restricted to just reporting posts from your friends. I often report posts from friends of friends who post non-sense on a regular basis. And if I’m bored or killing a few minutes, I go through their feeds and report all their fake news. You can also report fake news pages. It really takes only a minute or so per report!

Not sure if it’s Fake News? Check out this post!

 

Fact Check Quicker with These Sites!

Fact or Fiction? Fact Check It

Fake News or Real?

Confused by Fake News? Fact Check!

It’s gotten really difficult to tell whether what you’ve read is from a reliable source. Lots of fake or highly slanted news sources pick names similar to those of trusted news sources. Before you embrace that “news” or FROAK share a fake, false or just erroneous story, why not take a moment to fact check it at one of these sites or install the new fact check BS Detector App? All of these sites (and the app!) come highly recommended by entities concerned with unslanted, factual information especially Media Bias.

FactCheck.org

Brooks Jackson – a 30 year veteran reporter – founded FactCheck.org under the umbrella of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Four full time experienced journalists staff the site. This is a non-profit website mainly funded by the Annenberg Foundation. FactCheck.org always gives sources for their information and Media Bias rates them as unbiased.

Politifact.org

A whopper of a lie will set your pants on fire! Fact Check

When you’ve really told a WHOPPER! FROAK your pants are on fire!

Mainly concerned with political factchecking, reporters and editors from the Tampa Bay Times News run Politifact.org. Each story or quote that they report on is assigned a “Truth-O-Meter” rating. The ratings run from a simple ‘True’ for accurate statements all the way to ‘Pants on Fire’ for outrageous and ridiculous claims. In addition, the reporters explain each rating in detail with special attention given to statements that are confusing or that could be looked at in several ways. I find them especially useful for difficult topics because they do such a good job of explaining the ‘ifs’ or ‘unknowns’.

Snopes

Snopes tackles everything from email fishing, to internet rumors and folklore to political fact checking. Despite the efforts of the Right wing story spinners to paint this site as inaccurate, it is well respected, accurate and always well sourced. Some who like to put out fake news stories try to claim that the folks that run the site are progressives, but the truth is that the owner of the site was a registered Republican when he started Snopes.com. Snopes updates stories if further information comes out and quickly correct any errors found.

Wikipedia

As an educator, I sometimes cringe when thinking of Wikipedia as a reference. Wikipedia is open-sourced – meaning anyone can edit an article. But the site is now so well moderated and highly sourced that it is often a great place to start if you don’t know anything about an issue. Not only can you view the information provided on a subject, but you can follow it’s sources to scholarly sites where you can fact check yourself what you’ve learned from Wikipedia as well as deepen your understanding. In addition, you can click on their ‘Talk’ tab and see what changes the mods are discussing. Also, the mods now place notes at the top of the articles that warn when the article needs improved.

HoaxSlayer

Focused more on internet scams (including email phishing), HoaxSlayer also includes categories that can be useful for political and social media fact checking including Fake Pictures and Videos, Petitions and Protests and Politics. Brett Christensen based in Australia – owns and operates HoaxSlayer.

Open Secrets

The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the effects of money in politics, runs the Open Secrets site. Rather than fact check the news, the site tracks the cash, who pays which politicians and what did they do. In research and life, you should always follow the money!

The Sunlight Foundation

Much like Open Secrets, The Sunlight Foundation traces the money flow in politics and government. Michael Kline funded this non-profit organization but they also got funds from Bloomberg Family Foundations, Inc., The Ford Foundation and Cards Against Humanity, LLC among others. Not strictly a fact checker site, they work towards transparency at the local, country and international level. The Sunlight Foundation is a bit hackerish, so if that worries you, select another site to read but their information is fascinating!

Google

Who knew the world’s favorite search engine would help you sort truth from fiction? One way to use Google get the straight skinny is to type the headline in the search bar and then follow it with ‘fact check’. You might get the best results by clicking on the News tab of your results page. Also considering adding site:.edu to your search to improve the quality of sources (or use Google Scholar!) Google is looking for other ways to help you out though. They recently invested in several businesses looking to separate the wheat from the chaff.

BS Detector

Fake Facebook news - fact check.

BS Detector will give you a cute pink header when the source of your Facebook news is suspicious!

Is what you’ve read on Facebook real? Can you tell without opening a new window to Snope it out? [FROAK see what we did there?] Try out the new Chrome App BS Detector by the Self Agency. Right now, this Chrome only app works soley on Facebook but they are working hard to expand the usability to the general web. They also have work-a-rounds for other browsers on their website. For a few hours today, Facebook blocked their app but almost immediately reinstated it. This app will save you the hassle of fact checking everything on Facebook.

Sources: Media Bias News