By: Zara Ali
The media landscape is known for having an increase in fake news. So how do we know who’s telling the truth? The National Observer is trying to help Canadians decipher what’s fake news in the midst of this election period. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you distinguish what you can trust…
- Verify the source you’re getting your information from
- Check the facts, are there other sources with the same information
- Quality, does the story make sense, is there a clear objective
- Talk about it with other people and see if they have the same information
Do you think you have the chops to recognize what's fake news or not when it comes to the federal elections?@SenecaAlumni @SenecaCollege #CDNvote2019 #cdnpoli #CanadaDebate2019 #exln43 #canadavotes2019
— SAY News Now (@SayNewsNow) October 8, 2019
How it’s showing up in the federal election
We know that over the year’s parties have promised many things to get elected, some being fake news. In this year’s election we’ve come across such events that give random sources a chance to spread false information. SAY News has put together a highlight of each parties fake claims on each other.
Andrew Scheer of the Conservative Party claimed that the Liberal Party are applying 50 per cent tax on home-buyers after a year of ownership. The Conservatives put a document on their hidden home tax website.
“The Conservatives are continuing to advance their capital gains claim without evidence and in the face of firm denials.”https://t.co/Q6CBtCMqhA
— Liberal Party (@liberal_party) October 8, 2019
Are you able to differentiate this as right or wrong?
Justin Trudeau posted a tweet denying these claims. The Liberal Party does not have any kind of promise on their platform to implement 50 per cent tax on houses.
To be clear: We will NOT put a 50% tax on the sale of your home. pic.twitter.com/EyXcgO9VFV
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 7, 2019
That wasn’t the only attack on the Liberal Party. Canada Proud also tweeted saying that Justin Trudeau is somehow re-elected.
FACT: If Justin Trudeau is somehow re-elected, his meetings with international leaders aren't going to make Canada look good. pic.twitter.com/Ntm3cpm4ts
— Canada Proud (@WeAreCanProud) October 8, 2019
Now is this a tweet you would trust, when the election hasn’t even happened yet?
The New Democratic Party also wrote on their Instagram page that the Green party don’t have enough health care, affordability and woman’s right to choose promise on their platform.
However the Green Party corrected that post saying the real threat is the Conservative Party.
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This is from an NDP ad. We didn’t think we’d have to deal with baseless attacks from the progressive major party, when we should be focusing on the huge parties run by corporate influence who have held power since colonization, but here we are. Fixed. You can go to the Facebook ads library to find the ad.
If you spot more fake news. tweet to us @SayNewsNow with the hashtag #fakenews2019.