You can use these tricks to spot fake war videos and news

Fake news will always be a problem. In times of war, however, they are fatal, especially when they challenge children or young people. Here are three tips to tell the difference between real and fake.

The TikTok portal has become the most important information platform on the war in Ukraine for people under 30


The TikTok portal has become the main platform for information about the war in Ukraine for people under 30. However, videos should be enjoyed with caution; Many contain incorrect information.

A notable example is a deepfake video of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announcing the handover of Ukraine to Russia.

Young people in particular, who are the main target group of TikTok, are particularly susceptible to shocking fake news due to a lack of experience. That’s why it’s important to know how to check the credibility of news and where to get reliable information.

Fake news in times of war is particularly dangerous

The deepfake video of Ukraine’s surrender was admittedly declared false by Selensky the same day. Nevertheless, such videos cause great damage, because the Internet forgets nothing. Such videos can be shared more widely, and at a later date, in the absence of context, it becomes difficult to tell which information was correct.

This is how language gets distorted. Through social media, war is very present all over the world. Widespread misinformation on social media is shaping public opinion. Suddenly we are talking about things that have nothing to do with reality or distort it beyond recognition. Fake news can also be a diversionary tactic.

War promotes fake news

Until recently, fake news was mainly distributed in print. It’s relatively easy. However, such news is read with more suspicion. Today, even manipulated images and video clips are published within seconds. The situation in Ukraine has favored the development of the necessary techniques. Deepfake videos are becoming more and more common and their quality keeps increasing.

How to Debunk Fake Videos and Pictures on TikTok

1. Who posted the video?

Checks the sender of the video and controls its content. Can we trace the origin of the video exactly? Does the sender profile make a serious impression? By the way: how did you come across this article? Also check Google to see if other reputable media outlets are sharing the same information.

2. Check the pictures

Fake news often put images in the wrong context. This means that the images are often taken from another article or post and used for fake news. With a reverse image search on Google, you can check where the image has been posted before and thus assess its authenticity.

3. Let me help you

There are now fact-checking portals such as “reclaimthefacts”, which aim to compare false information with that of science and fact-checkers. You can post or upload your questions or messages there and ask experts to evaluate whether it is true information.

Fake news management is essential for Swisscom to promote media skills

Since children and adults are confronted with a wide range of media options today, Swisscom promotes media skills with the Fake News guide, among other things. Responsible and correct behavior is essential to ensure that media consumption does not become a problem.

Since 2011, for example, Swisscom has been organizing courses in schools and informing children and young people about media skills, depending on their level and age. Such courses are also available for parents and teachers. With the advent of fake news, a new course module was developed specifically for this.

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Noelle Schlaefli heads the youth media protection project.

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