The world of fake news. Beware!


Fake news stories are those that consist of deliberately false information or hoaxes spread through the media. We’ve also learned that fake news can also be news that is unresearched, error-filled and misleading. It is essentially news that cannot be verified.  In recent years, fake news sites have gotten more attention. They have become more common and the even scarier thing, people have stopped checking the accuracy of the information that they read in these stories. The question becomes what is real and what is fake. The key is learning how to spot these fake sites. There are certain things that a person should check before they take the word of some of these sites.

The first thing to do is to consider where the information is coming from. Some of these fake sites are upfront about being “fantasy” or “satire”. Some fake news sites include:

  • WTOE 5 news
  • The Boston Tribune

Some sites are less upfront. The names of these sites are usually very close sounding to legitimate sites or have legitimate sounding names.  The most common way to spread fake news has been through social media.

In order to spot some of these sites, readers have to go further than just the headline. These sites often have attention-grabbing headlines that tell information that is meant to draw the reader in but they often ignore what is being said. The problem comes when readers take the headline at face value and assume the validity without verification. Or even without going past that to the actual story. These stories have false quotes, witnesses that may not be real, and filled will misspellings and grammatical errors. They are written by authors that do not exist or present proof that usually contradicts what is being told in the story.

So the question is who allows this? Or is this allowed? How can it be combated? After reading, it is apparent that a lot of fake news is spread through social media, Facebook in particular. What does Mark Zuckerburg have to say? He is going to try to make it easier for fake pages to be reported and try to adjust the algorithms to pick up on fake pages. A lot of fake news stories comes from a small town in Macedonia. They produce stories with a very slanted point of view that appeals to similar thinkers.

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