What is Fake News

In general, fake news refers to the spreading of false information based on non-existent or distorted data which is meant to deceive and manipulate the reader, on digital online platforms or in the traditional media.

 Why should we act on Fake News?

Pope Francis mentioned that “none of us can feel exempted from the duty of countering these falsehoods.” With the widespread of fake news and its subtlety, we need to learn to interpret the news we receive and where to access real information. To be discerning, rather than unwittingly contributing to the spread of disinformation.

 How can I help stop the spread of Fake News?

Be prudent when re-sending information. Don’t share if you are uncertain about the facts, the context, or the origin of the message, especially if it is outdated. You could also ask the sender to help verify the facts – this helps to create a discerning culture when sending messages.

 Where can I go to check on Fake News? 

Check our Resource section, Official Notices, or two main Archdiocesan Social Media sites - Facebook or Twitter.

 Where can I receive or read official Church information directly? 

Follow our official Archdiocesan Social Media sites - Facebook or Twitter. You may also visit our Official Notices.

 What is Verified.ArchKL.org

It started as a micro-site where Catholics in KL Archdiocese could check the accuracy of messages they received through social media. It has since evolved to be part of Verified.ArchKL.org.

 What should I do when I receive sensitive news about a priest or religious in KL Archdiocese?

You should check if permission was granted by the priest or religious for the message to be distributed. Start with the sender of the message (upstream) and ask for facts like the date and origin of the message for context. You may also check with the Parish or Organisation concerned to verify. If you believe the message is indeed fake, submit a report here.