OH MY GOSH! FAKE NEWS

Where do you find your news stories? A simple question, right? Some would answer such a question with the obvious internet, or television, or maybe even the local newspaper, but how far can you trust that what you’re reading is true?

Fake news is a new career that people practice to make large amounts of money over small periods of time. Fake news writers create false articles that make the public think that something exciting, or something devastating has happened that will immensely contribute to our social world.

This past year has been a large money maker for these publishers because of the 2016 United States presidential election. The writers find it very easy to create fake articles to persuade more and more people to read and share a story that is not even true to begin with. The publisher’s start by creating a website that looks credible, followed by a news story that grabs the viewer’s attention by the title, or headline.

Now that you know that there is such a thing as fake news, would you be able to tell what’s true and what’s not? Most people would answer yes, but it’s not that easy. I know for a fact that I am terrible at realizing what is true and what is not and honestly it all causes me a lot of confusion.

Personally, I believe that fake news is a huge problem in the world. How are we supposed to trust what is going on around us if we do not even know if what we are reading is true? I think that we need to put a stop to this problem once and for all.

In order to rid our social world of these hoax, we must all take a stand. Fake news publishers are not people to be taken lightly. They can truly ruin our trust in the local news stations, or trusting news sites. What would we do if we did not have faithful sources to look into when something happens in our country? How will we know when to be happy, scared, or sad? How will we trust that we are safe and secure?

The first solution would be to get the government in on the problem, and try to persuade them to review all news sites to get the sites verified if they are credible and trustworthy. The second solution would be to start teaching young people how to detect sources of fake news, so that the general public will be able to identify whether what they are reading is true or not. Lastly, I think that we should try to put a stop to the business aspect of fake news. These writers should not be getting paid to publish stories that are false. If we stop paying the writers, maybe they’ll stop publishing the stories.

It will be difficult to put in end to all of this mess known as “fake news,” but if we all work together we can defeat the hoaxers that are destroying our public's source of information. It all starts with you! Will you take a stand?