You’re hanging out with your friends and there is a breaking story about your hometown; you read it is full of angry protesters. The more you read, the more descriptive the article gets about the protesters getting angrier and covering more area. You stop and think ‘ wow that’s insane.’ Only a few short minutes later, you realize you are in the town that is ‘full of angry protesters’. You just read an article that was nothing but lies, yet you still believed every word.
Fake news has become more popular recently with the access to social media. Anyone can say anything and spread it to people across the world. Many people believe what they read or see online without checking or looking deeper into the topic or event. A large issue is the fact that many people share fake news stories, whether they know it’s fake or not.
We all have the habit of seeing funny so we retweet it, or share it, or repost it. Too many times, someone else will see that post as a serious post, not just a joke. Then they will spread it and the domino effect begins. As consumers and one of the topic news spreading sources, before we share a news article, funny video, or ridiculous meme, we have to think about what the post could cause.
As wrong as it is for ‘new’ companies to post fake news, it is still our job to realize there is fake news out there. Using simple common sense could fix some of the problems. Some of the posts made are so far fetched, it is almost impossible for it to be true. If is is a believable article, you need to compare it and look at other sources. If it is a big story even relatively big, many news companies will be posting information about it.
As consumers, we cannot completely stop the fake news epidemic, but we can hinder the spreading of fake news. If we take a few minutes to check and validate the article, most of the fake news confusion will be diminished.