Updating the international water events database
Through taking the pledge, and encouraging public figures to take it, you take the lead in fighting deception.
Another strategy involves reputation management, clearly showing who is being cooperative, and who is harming the common good.It can mean directly lying about the situation at hand, for instance when an athlete denies taking steroids that she was actually taking.It can mean lying by omission, as when a scholar publishes a study with a successful experiment, while hiding that he conducted 50 of the same experiments that failed, until by random chance one finally worked, a phenomenon known as publication bias.It can mean directly lying, lying by omission, or misrepresenting the truth to suit one’s own purposes.Sometimes misinformation is blatant and sometimes it’s harder to tell.Leaders of organizations are lying more and more frequently, and usually do not get punished.
It’s not only a problem with public figures: fake news, more recently termed “viral deception,” is sweeping social media, shared by ordinary people.
For more information, watch this Q&A video about the Pro-Truth Pledge.
Misinformation is anything that goes against reality.
As you will see below, if you retract your statement, you will not suffer any penalties from PTP advocates.
The clear standard about truth-oriented behavior not only offers guidance to those who take the pledge, but also a basis for evaluating whether pledge-takers abide by their commitment.
Recent political events in the United States, United Kingdom, and many other democratic countries have caused Oxford Dictionary to choose post-truth politics, “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,” as its 2016 word of the year.