At every post in social media there is an easy button to click and check its source. If there is no reliable source, the reader gets the warning that information might does not have a proved background. This works for text, video and sound articles on social media.
This will give transparency to all reliable sources. A sort of guarantee mark to differ them from posts that are made anonymous.
Realizing the Idea
This would need some advanced programming in social media channels to be able to connect every post to its source and judge its reliability.
Refinement: The idea builds on the premise that all information on social media are based on facts and not opinions. Therefore one must first decide whether the post is factual or opinion based. For the idea to work effectively the social media platforms must change the way we post information. For example an “ add sources box” and factual post category vs opinion based post category which can be chosen when we post.
This also implies that there will be a need to setup some sort of partnership with e.g Facebook or Twitter. These social media companies can then allow the “one click check button” to be built in next to the like/share button for example.
Refinement: With regards to the previous refinement, there is a lot of content that’s not factual. If the source is a newspaper, maybe the button should state what kind of political views the paper’s articles lean towards. As an example, New York Times leans slightly towards the left.
The idea would help people to easily check where does the information comes from, what facts it is based on and if there is a risk it can be fake.
There is no such a tool implemented right now.