Evaluating News

This past election has opened our eyes to many new issues. From unraveling scandals to foreign affairs, we had already seen a lot this election. However, what the public didn’t expect to be a controversial subject was fake news.

Fake News is when someone makes a an untrue article, mostly as click bait to gain money from your views. Usually, these articles don’t receive that much attention, but with the ongoing election, many untrue articles were viewed and taken as to be a reliable source. These articles spread false facts about the main two candidates and is believed to have had a significant impact on the election.

In a story published by NPR, the reporter tracked down a Fake News creator. They learned from the man that is unbelievably easy to make a false story and that the profits can be anywhere to 10,000 to 30,000 if the becomes trending. Their is way too much incentives for people to create this Fake News.

One thing is for certain, Fake News needs to be stopped. How is the real question without limiting people on their first amendment rights? I believe the best way to deal with this outbreak is to control where most of the fake news comes from, Social Media. They need to set up a better way of analyzing shared and trending articles and determining that they are fake. The next best way to stop it is through us, the people viewing the articles. If we come across some flashy article that seems unusual, we need to make sure it is true. Whether doing more research on other reliable sites on the subject you are viewing or also determining the legitimacy of the site, these are excellent steps to control and stop the devastation of Fake News.

Link to the NPR article: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs

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