These TikTok content creators are using their platform and voice to fact-check and combat misinformation, making social media a little bit safer.
When it comes to TikTok, like most social media sites, it has the ability to make nearly anything go viral in an instant. The video-sharing app has seen regular people and songs go from relative obscurity to some of the top creators and songs right now. But for all the good TikTok can bring, it can also be used for nefarious purposes. The site also has the ability to make misinformation and disinformation go viral make it seem like gospel.
A nasty rumor can become the hottest trend if picked up by the algorithm and people’s For You pages. Luckily, there are TikTok content creators out there who use their platforms to fact-check misinformation and share accurate and credible facts. While these people won’t be perfect substitutions for reputable news and sources of information, they do serve as places to help amplify what needs to be said. Here are some TikTok content creators who you may want to follow for some accurate information and a fact-checked timeline.
Over the last year, registered pharmacist Arshie Larga went viral over social media for his accurate advice on medicine and other medical facts. He gamely responds to people who have questions about medicine, COVID-19, vaccines, and more. Arshie also takes the time to disprove any misconceptions or rumors about medications and other related topics. The best part is that he does it in a way that is easy to understand to any regular person.
Understanding law can be very tricky. There are so many rules, conditions, and regulations involved that most people end up not knowing what is legally right from wrong. This is why TikTok is home to many lawyers who use their knowledge to make the law easier for people to understand. One such popular TikToker is Atty. Tony Roman. With over 1.4 million followers and counting, Atty. Roman is a go-to source for legal advice and questions. He clarifies the law in bite-sized chunks to make it more digestible.
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Abbie Richards has “TikTok disinformation and extremism researcher” on her bio, so you can already tell what her videos will be about. If you’ve ever come across a questionable conspiracy theory on TikTok, then Abbie most likely has a video on it debunking it. She takes on hot topics from vaccines, to race, extremism, and other related topics. She uses her videos to call out harmful conspiracy theories that have been making the rounds on TikTok and point out the issues with them.
In school, we are always taught to cite our sources. And that’s not just because so the paper could look proper, but because those will be used to prove your points. The same applies in the real world. If someone claims something is real, but doesn’t produce credible sources to back it up, then you may need to think twice. For Dr. Inna Kannevesky, she uses her TikTok account to debunk lies about psychology while also sharing credible sources to back it up. She also includes the sources at the link in the bio section of her profile, so you can check them out, too.
Dr. Kilimanguru, whose real name is Winston Tiwaquen, is one of TikTok’s most-followed edu-creators with over 3.7 million followers. And that’s for a good reason. The licensed medical doctor uses his account to share and talk about factual and accurate medical concepts with a bit of a comedic touch. From COVID-19 to vaping, and common symptoms, Dr. Kilimanguru has answered some of the internet’s most asked medical questions.
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As election season starts to ramp up and we get closer to the 2022 elections, it’s undeniable that we are going to see a lot more talk about elections, especially on social media. The concern for election misinformation is real and with so much noise online, it might be hard to differentiate fact from fiction. This is why it’s always best to head straight to the source. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez has his own verified TikTok account and uses it to share any and all relevant and correct election information. Whether it be about voter registration or voting itself, he has answers to your questions.
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It seems that every day, there is a new skincare miracle that will solve all your problems. But then you try it yourself and your problems just get worse. In the world of skincare, if you’re looking for someone to give you considered advice, then check out Jan Angelo. On his TikTok account, he posts skincare tips, as well as debunk myths related to skincare. He also shares information to help you expand your skincare knowledge so you can be more prepared the next time you look for your next favorite skincare product.
It’s not just fake news and misinformation that we need to watch out for on TikTok. Sometimes, we also just need help with how to properly do school work. This is why Lyqa Maravilla is here to help. The teacher and motivational speaker mainly uses her account to share tips and tricks to study English and Math. Even if you are no longer in school, some of her advice can also be useful as well.
Learning Tagalog is not easy, especially for people who did not grow up speaking the language. Even for people who are comfortable speaking it, sometimes they can make grammatical mistakes here and there. Luckily, Maria Kutsinta is here to give you tips and tricks in speaking Tagalog. Have certain words and phrases got you confused? Then Maria probably has a hilarious video teaching you how to use certain words and terms properly. Not only do you get to learn, but you get entertained in the process.
In a time when historical revisionism is rampant, now more than ever do we need people who champion facts and historical accuracies. Mona Magno-Veluz, or more popularly known as Mighty Magulang online, is one such person. On her TikTok page, you can see her share videos on Philippines history and debunk historical misinformation. Aside from this, she also is into genealogy and has videos that trace the family origins of some of the most famous families in the Philippines. She also leaves a list of sources you can read in her link in bio such as books and scholarly citations if you yourself want to read up to them. Mighty Magulang is that history teacher we all needed in school.
One of the basic responsibilities that a journalist should do is always report the facts and not share misinformation. Rambo Talabong is one such journalist whose TikTok account is all about accurately reporting on current events and other timely issues. The Rappler news reporter mainly talks about current affairs to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in the country as well as a behind-the-scenes look at life as a journalist.