Content and information in the cyber world can be created by anyone with a computer or device and an internet connection. It can be true or false and go viral in the blink of an eye. Some lies and doctored images are shared widely among internet users who mistake them as truth, and this scenario often ends up with someone’s reputation or feelings being hurt with no one to take responsibility. Internet witch hunts and hate campaigns against individuals or groups are major problems as well.
Pakorn Santisoontornkul, founder of Dek-d.com, said the issues were worrying only in the initial stage, but more and more people are becoming aware and refraining from doing them.
“Now they are in the stage of adjustment. They are beginning to not believe in what they see or read so quickly like before. They start to think if this or that is true and become more vigilant before liking or sharing any information.”
To assess the credibility of online news and information, internet users are advised to check the origin of such content from multiple sources, references, or read comments from other people. They must keep in mind that the first source can make mistakes by disseminating false content while results on Google search or the total number of shares cannot always guarantee correctness.