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Shvoong Home>Internet & Technology>Truth or ficton? Review

Truth or ficton?

Website Review   by:Janlynn    
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TruthorFiction.com is the e-mail reader and writer’s friend. A person can find out the truth at this site about those e-mails received concerning, for example, a child that is supposedly missing or that an individual will receive money just for forwarding an e-mail to ten friends, etc. This is a reality check for those pesky internet rumors.

An example of one rumor is that Sodium Laureth Sulfate, an ingredient in many shampoos, causes cancer. This e-rumor stated that in the 1980s, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, caused cancer in one person out of 8000, now the rumor cites that statistic as 1 in 3. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is also found in some toothpaste, mouthwashes and cleaning products. The writers at this website checked out this rumor by contacting the American Cancer Society, who deny this claim, and contacted the person from the University of Pennsylvania who allegedly wrote claim, and the woman denied having said or written such information. This rumor proclaimed false.

Possibly you received the one instructing you about what to do when having a heart attack? The e-mail indicates that coughing can save your life. Truthorfiction checked with several authorities, including the American Heart Association and determined this internet rumor is total fiction. However, the rumor listing three simple questions to ask someone to determine if they are having a stroke is true according to the American Stroke Association.

What about the one concerning living on a cruise ship vs. a retirement home? The burning mouse that burned down a house? Using plastic in a microwave causes exposure to Dioxins? If these, and other, internet rumors are received, you can learn whether to believe them and make a clear judgment on whether you want to pass them along.

The website categorizes the many web rumors and labels each true or false, disputed or unproven and the authors will give you information to back up their conclusion.

Additionally, this site provides a listing of the current viruses going around on the web, and links to the sites that will offer the remedy to the virus.

There is also commentary of how rumors get started; often they start with a true story or fact which gets blown out of proportion. Sometimes rumors are started to harm a person or a company. This website also offers some basic facts about how you may be able to tell if an e-mail you just received is a rumor, or realty. People are often fooled by internet rumors, especially if it comes via an e-mail from a trusted friend. The only sure way, according to TruthorFiction.com is to check their website. It is much wiser to check out a rumor first at this website, then to forward false information to your friends and co-workers.

So don’t believe everything you read…and if it sounds even the littlest bit unreal, check it out at this site. Even if you don’t have a rumor to check, this site can offer you a good laugh at the crazy mis-information people put out there on the internet.
Published: April 05, 2006   
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