#StopBlueMonday and let's regain the good atmosphere.

21 January 2019



Blue Monday doesn't exist. It's an invention, a lie. We've said so loud and clear and we've even managed to get the inventor to acknowledge it. Even so, year after year, the media tries to convince us that the third Monday in January is the saddest day of the year, which conditions many people.

Canary Islands are going to fight all the lies, such as Blue Monday, that generate a bad atmosphere. We are going to fight fake news.

We want Blue Monday to disappear from the calendar, as of now, and give way to International Anti-Fake News Day.

Help us to regain the good atmosphere all together. Help us to turn Blue Monday into #TrueMonday.

Keys to regaining the good atmosphere

Turn your Blue Monday into a #TrueMonday

Measure no. 1

your optimism

Optimism is contagious. Sharing positive things and helping others makes you and those around you happier.

Measure no. 2

Put yourself in the other person's shoes

Being able to understand the emotions of others and avoiding prejudice allows us to understand new points of view and reach common ground.

Measure no. 3

Be honest with yourself and others

It will make you feel better about yourself and increase the trust others place in you, improving your relationships.

How to detect fake news

Nine tips to stop them deceiving you

If you are not aware of the measures to take to identify fake news, here are a few recommendations to prevent it spreading:

Headlines that are not what they seem

When reading "news" on the Internet or sent via messages, pay attention to whether there are lots of capital letters or exclamation marks in it or whether the things it says are really extreme or scandalous. 

The key is in the URL

If the web address for the news is fake or very like another real one, something's up. Pay attention to detail.

Be a detective

Get out your investigation tools and find the source of the news. If the story comes from a trustworthy source that has a good reputation for accuracy, the news is likely to be true.

Examine the format

Spelling mistakes or a dubious layout are signs that may indicate you should not trust the news.

Photos can be deceiving

Look closely at pictures or videos attached to the articles. This content is often taken out of context or manipulated.

Check dates

Fake news usually goes in illogical order or contains wrong dates. If the news is old, it's finished with. The present is another story.

Unsubstantiated news? Don't trust it

Check that the facts mentioned come from real and reliable sources, that the party responsible for them is identified. Arguments with no identifiable source are a sign of false information.

Compare the information

Do you mistrust it from the outset? Do a quick search for other sources and, if they report the same, it is probably true.

Be aware of humour

Even if you can't find enough proof of whether the news is true or fake using your Sherlock Holmes skills, check whether the site usually resorts to humour or satire when reporting news. That would also be another story.

True/ Fake

Start testing your skills with these headlines

Say which of the following news items you think are true and which are more fake than a €6 note.