The Effects and Consequences of Fake News

info | April 10, 2018 | 0 | Fake News Consequences

The effect of fabricated media that has been churning recently on the internet has had some drastic effects on the world. Having an international connection through the net, while globally connecting us now more than ever also has the risk of spreading false information farther.

Through a closer study on the results of fake circulated stories, there are a lot of arguments to be made about false news impacting political events. When reading articles on the internet, it is vital to separate fact from fiction.

What Makes A Fake Article Convincing?
It’s shown through recent statistics that the higher a page is ranked on a search engine, the more believable it is. What they don’t realize is that companies are purposefully using and optimizing their websites to rank their page higher based on keywords. While not always a malicious tactic, it can be depending on how it’s used.

During the 2016 election, a seventeen-year-old boy from Macedonia founded a news website and began inventing stories for money. Anyone with the knowledge of how to use the internet can easily manipulate other people.

How Does This Effect Us?
In 2016 a white supremacist on Twitter received national attention when claiming that politician Hillary Clinton was the center of a secret pedophilia ring. The internet went wild, making crazy accusations and starting the hashtag #Pizzagate.

When the tag went viral and began to trend, it reached millions of viewers starting to be then pumped out to fake news websites. A man from Northern Carolina, hoping to take Clinton down showed up to Comet Pizza with an AR-15 rifle. This was the place where the supposed ring was being operated out of.

He fired three shots.

Luckily, nobody was injured, but this was all started with a fake story on the internet.

How Can We Fight Against This?
The best way to fight against fake media is to educate. Teaching students in the classrooms about the credibility of news sources and bias are incredibly crucial to the future of the world. Teach others to question the sources and make sure they’re from reliable data.

Learning is done through experience. Having students see examples of fake posts and real information can help them to discern between the two.

Don’t wait to educate yourself on the difference and get into the habit of checking news sources every time you go to share a post. Doing this will not only help yourself know the difference but allows you to aid everyone you know.

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