The Internet moves at the speed of light. So does online misinformation and misuse. No one person can keep up with it all, but a community can make a difference. I’ve seen posts come through my Facebook page that were fake but shared as real. My favorite one I’ve seen in the recent year was about Tilapia fish.
I found it difficult to believe that a fish could survive without bones or skin! And it appeared that the picture of the fish in this illustration did indeed have skin and, presumptively, bones. I thought it odd that this was making it onto my Facebook feed without question, so I wanted to learn more about this image. I immediately went to Snopes, which is my first stop when questioning something on the internet. Snopes is a fact checking website and a good place to start if you want to validate something. After a quick visit, I learned that Tilapia do have skin and bones. Snopes had more information about this meme, including when it started circulating and science facts about tilapia.
Below is information about some of the current internet “challenges,” hoaxes, and urban legends as well as information about how to research the truth about them.