Merriam-Webster defines “factoid” as “an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print.” How do you tell what’s true? TechRepublic.com offers some places to start. (Always check multiple reliable sources before coming to a conclusion.)
• Hoax-Slayer.com: Hoax-Slayer is family-owned and run. Founded in 2003, it is well respected, especially with regard to scam spam email messages. Check here before forwarding or replying to suspect email.
• Truth or Fiction: Founded in 1999, this site is easy to use and returns information based on a keyword search with post title, and a true/false rating. It also shows top hot rumors on its front page. Check here before creating a meme to post on social media.
• Snopes.com: This site is probably the best known site of its kind. Copy/paste suspect headline or email subject lines for best results. Check here before spreading rumors at the office water cooler.