Hello Becca Diaries Friends (BeDafs), how are you this Wednesday? Hope you are up and doing? Is there something you would love us to talk about? Hit me up here. I have a piece of information for you. Read on.

Helen and Sophie have been friends since their first year in school and overtime formed a strong bond that gets other students envious. Somehow, they hold on to different ideologies and religious beliefs but get along so well that you could swore they are siblings.

People erroneously feel that their relationship is void of hitches because nobody has ever witnessed a clash between the duo. Contrary to this opinion, Helen has always fought for this relationship. While she is mostly Choleric and a bit Phlegmatic, Sophie is largely Melancholic with a grain of Sanguine.

Often times, Sophie rejects corrections and feel inferior whenever she realizes an error committed by her. She finds it so hard to pick and move on, while Helen is a doer as well as a talker – such a daring young lady who fails many times and never forgets to pick up her pieces.

Yesterday,

Helen shared a piece of information which appears to be fake news. Sophie, the perfectionist, realized this in time by searching through verified websites, blogs and scanning the image. She asked Helen to delete her post because it’s a piece of fake news, but Helen feels embarrassed accepting the reality and fixing the mess because a lot of people have reacted to the information and raising concerns already. Helen doesn’t want to get discredited by the many people to whom she has proven the authenticity of the information.

After a verification exercise, Sophie goes ahead to make a separate post which points out the ‘fake’ in Helen’s information, although without directly attacking her post. As we speak, Helen and Sophie are not in talking terms.

Photo by João Silas on Unsplash

Misinformation has become a part of our everyday online and offline activities. We need to take extra caution to curb this menace. It is disheartening how we easily share bad news compared to the seemingly good ones. And it’s even more painful when we cannot pull down a post because of ego, even when proven to be an inauthentic information.

When last did you…???

Stop the piece of information before forwarding to others.

Reflect on the content for a while, looking through the embedded logic and

Verify through numerous means available that the information is accurate.

In everything you do, remember to be responsible. This goes a long way to reflect the kind of person you are; first, to yourself then to others around you.

Are You Responsible? Think about this.

By the way, as a member of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network, I’ll encourage you to evaluate your current level of understanding regarding media literacy and misinformation here. #Yalichecks

Like Helen and Sophie in our fictional story today, what would you rather do? Comment as Helen or Sophie.

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Rebecca Maulome Padonu is an enthusiastic writer with a soft spot for factions. A RubyWrites 2016 finalist. She has completed several freelance writing projects, including BBC Media Action’s Drama series, Story Story (series 32 & 33).

5 Comments

  1. Since I’m with Sophie by nature, I’ll inform Helen about the error, in the hope she check to validate my claim! However, I find it needless to create a counter post, best I’ll do is find other means of having her do the right thing!

  2. Anthonieta Kalunta Reply

    I totally agree with putting up a different post that doesn’t seem like it’s directed at Helen, but reels out the correct information.

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