How To Identify and Avoid Spreading Misinformation, Myths, and Urban Legends on the Internet

Even if you've never embarrassed yourself by unknowingly spreading an urban legend as fact to friends and family or, say, retweeting a fake quote by Martin Luther King, Jr after Osama bin Laden's death, you've at least been on the receiving end of one of these misinformed messages. Next time an email, tweet, or link seems a little fishy, here's how to spot it before your itchy trigger finger sends it to all your friends or followers. (Send this one to your forward- or retweet-happy family and friends.) [Lifehacker]

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katedahl
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In the grand scheme of misinformation, myths and urban legends that I see on Facebook, incorrectly attributing a quote to MLK, Jr, is probably the least offensive. People were posting it because they agreed with the sentiment, not because of who did or didn't say it.