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Most of the time, I try to see the internet with a grain of salt. I do not believe immediately with what I read on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, and I try to not research all information on Wikipedia, as per my professors’ advice. As much as I could, I make sure to be responsible with what I write on my blogs and what I post as my status message, so I would not mislead my readers and followers too.
But even with the measures I do, I was also a victim of a malicious drive to post false information. For several instances, someone stole my identity to spread awful comments on other blogs on my behalf to despicably destroy my reputation.
The routine was to post a comment under my name with my blog address and insult the blog owner with words like fat, ugly, and poser. In retaliation, one blogger posted my alleged comment, and I was astonished at how this false information has circulated instantaneously. The good thing, however, was someone mediated, and things got cleared up.
In retrospect, I’ve asked for the comments to be taken down, and I’ve apologized to the bloggers who were aggravated. But I didn’t really do something to cease this spreading of false information, as all I did was damage control.
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This resistance cannot be done by just some people; it should be a collective effort. Speaking up against sending false information would not only make the internet a safe, war-free zone, but it could also assert the internet or the new media as a more credible source of information. As it happens, it could open up a lot of jobs and opportunities.
I hope we’ve all learned what harmful things a simple tweet or post could do. We know better, and we deserve better. Let us all speak up and resist false information!