Politically-motivated claims are made without any factual evidence and photographs and videos are taken out of context, allowing fake news to spread on social media platforms and then receive coverage by journalists.

The country’s divisiveness and toxic rhetoric have seeped into social media and more legitimate news outlets, where “fake news” is mislabeled as truth. Photographs and videos are frequently taken out of context and described inaccurately to promote a certain agenda, which misleads the public and results in the swift spread of misinformation across online platforms. On sites like Twitter and Facebook, anyone can share their opinion and pass it off as fact, and often, by the time a claim is “fact-checked,” it has already circulated so widely that the truth no longer matters. …

Kenzie Dipman

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