Fake news is all over the media, primarily on social media.
The most popular channel to publish fake news stories seems to be on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, where the story can go viral.
We have often seen reports of celebrities that have passed away when they haven’t or incidents occurring that aren’t real.
How do we know what to trust?
With so much content online, we slip up once in a while and believe it without questioning who’s the source. Relying on friends and family who shared it, that it’s true.
That’s not to say that everyone believes it. Some will type the headline into Google first to see if they can find a more reliable source. Others will take it as read and share it until the content becomes widely shared.
How do we eliminate fake news?
How do we counter this problem, though? What can we do to filter out the fake news and make sure that what is appearing in our newsfeeds is trusted and authentic content?
While there will always be those embellished headlines about a celebrity that exaggerate a story’s truth, there must be ways to get rid of the nasty, troll-like stories that get published for punishment or gain?
Wikipedia founder to launch a counter-measure
Fake news is becoming such a problem now as people publish stories for political and financial gain. The Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, has launched a new website – Wikitribune. Click Here to find out more>>
The site will see paid journalists working with volunteers to create positive news from trusted and reliable sources.
His idea is to write stories across the UK and US, which relate to general intelligence; each news piece will be researched and based on the facts.
In essence, it will be interesting to see how this form of journalism will report unbiased news, especially when their subject matter will include political items.
Google and Facebook
In a bid to eliminate fake news, Google is offering merits to writers who write genuine articles. Each time they write an authentic piece of content, Google will award them a better ranking in Google.
Once they have written several authoritative articles, Google will look at them as a reliable source of information. They are also trying to combat people falling for fake news, with Chrome issuing a pop-up warning when someone arrives on a site that looks like it may contain a false report highlighted.
Facebook has deleted hundreds of fake accounts and taken measures to educate people about fake news by putting adverts in lots of UK newspapers explaining you need to be on the lookout for this type of thing.
Often the source of the article is a good indicator of whether or not it is true. If you can see that the material published by the BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, CNN, Fox News or other respectable sources, then you generally assume that the content is genuine.
It’s when the source is something that you have never heard of before. If in doubt, check the source. Some are clickbait, used to take you to a website that is advertising something. Others are just malicious. If you suspect that this may be the case, you need to Google the headline and see if anyone reliable is reporting on the matter. to confirm it’s authentic.
The fight against fake news appears to be on, and with the right education and support, perhaps we will see a radical reduction of this problem.
Anyway, that’s it for now.
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