Some time ago there was a pyramid scheme called Emgoldex and it became very popular among Filipinos before it was exposed as a scam. If one of your friends was about to be duped into believing and committing to it, one of the best things you can do for them is to tell them the truth about it. Whether they accept what you tell them or not, however, that’s for them to decide.
Now the reason why I’ve written this is because fake news, lies, and political manipulation appears to be far more rampant now than they were before. Terry Pratchett once said “a lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.” A piece of fake news can reach millions long before someone verifies the facts and exposes the lie.
So what should you do when someone posts or defends lies? What do you do when a friend is about to fall for a scam, hoax, or a piece of fake news? Well that depends. Take these lessons as a guide.