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ID: The illustration contains two separate image panes. On the left the rooster crows before dawn, a speech bubble with music notes comes from their mouth. A red arrow points to the panel on the right with the same rooster smiling in front of the rising sun. Text reads: MISINFORMER TACTIC: CAUSAL FALLACY
ID: dozens of figures with glowing eyes stand in 3 rows. Three speech bubbles from 3 different figures contain a thumbs up, a heart and a thumbs down emoji respectively. Below the figures is a web of connections that lead to a hub with a question mark. Two dark hands are in the bottom corners.
ID: Two people stand facing each other. The person on the right has their back to the viewer. In one hand they present two pills to the other person, one black one white. The other hand is behind their back holding many colourful pills. The text above the image reads: MISINFORMER TACTIC: FALSE//DICHOTOMY. The image references a scene from the film The Matrix with the character Morpheus.
ID: The illustration features three characters: a hound, a fox and a red herring. The hound is sniffing the red herring and red waves travel from the fish to the nose of the hound. In the background the fox hides behind a log. The text reads MISINFORMER TACTIC: RED HERRING
ID: In the foreground is a bottle with text that reads 100% Natural Cyanide and a spoon. The background is a pastoral scene of a sun rising over hills. The text reads MISINFORMER TACTIC: Appeal to NATURE
ID: The illustration contains two separate image panes. On the left the rooster crows before dawn, a speech bubble with music notes comes from their mouth. A red arrow points to the panel on the right with the same rooster smiling in front of the rising sun. Text reads: MISINFORMER TACTIC: CAUSAL FALLACY

Don’t fall into the fake news trap! 🕳

Last month we put out a series of Misinformer Tactics

Here is a recap of common Misinformer Tactics so you can be on the lookout! 🕵

  1. Astroturfing. This practice gives the *appearance* of grassroots, authentic support but is really operated by just a few individuals.
  2. False Dichotomies. Misinformers will often present options as black or white. But in reality there are many different shades of grey.
  3. Red Herring. This tactic distracts from the point at hand to redirect the conversation. Feeling misdirected? Ask whether the information provided is relevant.
  4. Appeal to Nature. We have a bias towards things that appear to be “natural”. But natural isn’t always better and this bias can lead us down some dangerous roads.
  5. Causal Fallacy. When we see: A followed by B; our brains want to jump to: A caused B. But that is not always the case. Correlation does not equal causation!

Look through to see the amazing illustrations created by Jordan Collver (@JordanCollver on Twitter) 👉

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