The reality of fake news

Picture yourself in a third world country, struggling to make a living, and trying to provide for your family. How far would you go to make money for you and your family? Would you steal? Would you travel somewhere away from home to work and send money home? Or would you rather just sit at your computer, write fake news stories, and make thousands of dollars?

Fake news has been everywhere recently. It’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and many other popular websites/apps. Almost every time you scroll through Facebook you see one. Every time you see one, I’m guessing you click on it, and probably believe what it’s saying. These fake news sites often look very official and reliable, which is why it is so hard for people to distinguish what is real and what is not real. If you believe it, you often share it to others, from there it goes viral. You just shared a fake piece of news, but you have no idea it’s fake. When this fake news article goes viral, the writer makes a pretty hefty paycheck. These fake news stories are generally about American politics, and many believe that the fake news could have made a difference in the presidential election. These fake news stories have become a serious problem in America, because people don’t know what to believe anymore. There should definitely be some regulations on these fake news articles, but it would be very hard to monitor them and delete them.

But back to my original question, how far would you go to make money for you and your family? If you were given an opportunity to make thousands of dollars by just sitting at your computer and writing bullshit, would you do it? I don’t know about you, but I would. I am a very family oriented person, so I would do almost anything for my family. I would write fake news if it paid the bills and got food on the table for us. If something bad were to happen in the world though because of my fake news article, I would feel terrible and wrong, and I would probably stop doing it. But sitting at home, writing fake news, and making thousands of dollars sounds pretty good to me if I were in dire need of the money. For some people in third world countries, that is their reality. They are doing exactly what I would do, and probably many other people would do too, to provide for themselves and their family.

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