A recent thread here prompted me to think about source criticism. I don't want to make this a call-out thread, so I won't link it, but the short version is that someone here posted an infographic that didn't cite its sources, which lead to heated discussion when someone asked for them.
We, as leftists, and humans in general, tend to get complacent when faced with facts that fit neatly within with our preconceived view of the world. Back on the old Raddle, someone posted a news story about a nazi soldier who was eaten alive by a giant catfish, and those of us who were there at the time didn't really question it. Of course, it turned out to be a hoax. In the thread I mentioned before, the infographic made the point that while wages have decreased, the costs of services we rely on have increased many times over. Standard leftist talking points, but there were no sources to back up the numbers, not even any mention of where these numbers apply (presumably the US, but who knows). Despite these failings, the thread got a significant amount of upvotes.
In both of these cases, there's (presumably) little harm in believing the misinformation provided. But misinformation can be used for nefarious purposes: the numbers in the infographic may simply have been lessened to downplay the level of inequality in the world (or vice versa). Imagine what an adversary might accomplish with a series of well-crated 'woke' infographics posted to leftist communities over time. Numbers also don't tell the entire story: if you've seen fascists' graphs about 'black crime' in the United States, you'll know they love their sources, but conveniently they never mention the history of the slave trade.
I also want to mention something I've touched upon before (in posts that are now deleted): there are no 'trustworthy' or 'untrustworthy' news sources. All news sources are untrustworthy, especially the left-wing ones. You, the reader, must investigate every piece you read, and take into account all the facts you have on hand to determine if you can rely on a story, or parts of one.
Hope this all makes sense, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
P.S. Just because corporate/state-sanctioned figures lie occasionally, sometimes, or all the time, does not mean that people on the internet don't.