We may never reach a point where all individuals are able to evaluate information critically. People process information on an internal subjective level. To complicate things further, information is seldom presented in an objective way.
My idea is to raise awareness by presenting a credibility score next to shared information on social media. When a score is clicked, people may view how it is calculated using articles, fact-checks, and user-generated materials. For instance, a user may upload scientific articles that are relevant to the shared information. A user can later make up their mind whether to accept or dismiss the information. The credit report can further be amended similarly to how Wikipedia is moderated, particularly concerning viral content with lots of traffic. Where content lacks a credibility score, a warning may be issued based on the score of other information from the same source, for instance: "information from this source generally has low credibility."
There should also be a system in place for discovering “malicious” discreditation – if people add materials or sources not based on empirical studies.
Maybe one can also use gamification to give users an incentive to add sources/fact check the news, and gain commitment.
A user generated credibility score opens the door for many users or believers in a fake or sensationalised story to improve it’s credibility by numbers alone. What if a website that invited users to read the top fake headlines of stories that day? If a user spots a headline they have clicked on or are questioning its credibility, they could open it & read what was reported as fake & the actual facts that should have been reported instead?
Realizing the Idea
Co-operation with social media platforms or through external plug-ins. Technical resources like programmers and servers. Most of the content is generated and submitted by the users.
The awareness about information shared online. For everyone.
The idea gathers many points of views. There is no objective truth. The end-user decides whether to accept or dismiss the idea, but may do so based on a quick review of the shared information's credit report.