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COP in Fake Websites & Content Verification

Certificate of Proficiency in Fake Websites & Content Verification (COP)

This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Social Media Information Sourcing & Verification Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam.

Since social media is construed as a tool of collective wisdom, it is used by researchers, journalists, investigators, social scientists, advertisers and others for information collection. However, because of its growth, it has caused information overload creating massive data cloud. This growth has compounded the issues of filtering out information from the fakes, and useful chatter from the meaningless ones.


Examination Syllabus

This Module has two (2) units

Fake Websites & Website Content Verification

In this unit, we have divided the process of websites verification into three phases. And each is explained in detail.

  • Identifying Most Likely Fake Websites and Scams Sites and How to Identify these Sites?
  • Verifying Fake or Unreliable Information on Website Content Pages, Website Layout or Design and Multimedia Files includes Images
  • Website Authentication of Claims, Offers, Products and Services



Identifying Fakes in Website Content Pages

  • How to Spot Fake Content on Websites?
    • Website Content Pages Authentication
    • What to Check on Homepage of Website
    • Content Verification of Navigation Pages (About, Product & Services, Contact Pages and Online Forms)
    • Check Plagiarism in Policy and Terms of Use
    • Corporate and Business Background Checks
    • Verification of Owners, Directors, Management Team
    • Verifying Images and Profile Photos
    • Third Party Verifications (Business Affiliates, Partners, Sponsors, Authorized Re-sellers)
    • Trust Mark Logos – Associations, Organizations, Accreditation Bodies & Business Verification Bureaus
    • Verification of “Contact” information (Emails and Address)
    • Performing Background Checks and Social Media Accounts
    • Checking of Consumer Bureau Reports
    • Checking Customer Reviews and Testimonies
  • Understanding Website Layout, Page Links and Domains
    • Checking the Website Layouts, Textual Content and Multimedia Files
    • How to Verify Links/URL’s inside the Website
    • Checking Domain Names Registrations and Ownerships

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