How to speak up without starting a showdown
Misinformation is always problematic, but when it appears alongside pet photos and family updates on social media, it can be especially frustrating. It’s one thing if a stranger spreads falsehoods online or spouts conspiracy theories in a casual, in-person setting. But what should we do when we see misinformation shared by family and friends?
Stepping into the role of fact-checker when it comes to loved ones can be tricky and can stir strong emotions. To keep conversations productive whether on your screen or your screened-in porch, it’s essential to be prepared.
While every scenario is different, following some general best practices can help keep the conversation civil and make the interaction worthwhile. Use these six tips — with some helpful phrases for getting started — as a guide on how to speak up without starting a showdown. It may not be easy, but talking to loved ones about false or misleading content can help them think twice about the information they take at face value or share on their social media channels.