There is a lot of talk out there about fake news & fake posts that get shared through the web. But how do you know if it's fake or not? There are a few websites out there that will post updates letting you know if they discovered a viral post is not real or not. It can take a lot of time to research these posts.
So here are a few examples to help you out. Some of these you may have seen on Facebook or Pinterest.
This post has been going around for a while now. It claims that the seeds from 'female' bell peppers are better for sowing. Female peppers have 4 bumps, and male peppers have 3. This is complete hogwash. The number of bumps on a pepper vary, and have nothing to do with the sex. Basically, the flowers of a pepper plant are bi-sexual.
I didn't even have to do research. The picture alone gave it away for me. It looks exactly like a picture out of photoshop that has had the colors skewed. The leaves have gone purple, and even a bit of the grass in the background, and the wooden box they are planted in has gone green. You cannot buy blue strawberry seeds anywhere.
This claims that cut onions, if not used, will attract toxic bacteria, even overnight and cause adverse stomach infections. In fact, cut onions emit sulfenic acids which inhibit bacteria growth, and are fine stored in the refrigerator in a container for days.
Regardless how authentic this may look, this is always fake. Facebook never has and never will charge it's members for access to Facebook. They make all their money from advertisements.
A status update saying you do not give Facebook permission to your photos etc, will never do anything. Once you've signed up and ticked the little box accepting the terms and conditions you've accepted those permissions. Status updates never alter that or anything similar to that.
These last two go around Facebook at least once a year, and is frustrating to see constantly re-posted and shared.
April Fools also doesn't help the situation any as thousands upon thousands of people make up fake posts in an effort to be funny. On any day I am very skeptical about most things I read on Facebook, on April Fools, I tend to ignore everything.
There are so many more they are hard to list. However, I will try to post updates on ones I see circulating Facebook or Pinterest.
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