Practical and Helpful Tips: Sources

April 24, 2017

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Fake News: Everything You Need to Know About It

Admit it, you’ve heard someone say, “that’s not news!” at least once in your life and judging by how such comment is delivered, it usually means that a piece of article or report is still news, but isn’t really fresh or interesting. Yes, daily news that aren’t worthy of your attention are a commonplace these days, like when someone reported about necrophilia on the front page of a paper, but the thing is nothing is really worse than fake news.

The idea behind fake news today and its very definition has changed a lot the past several years. The reason why they’re written and published at the same time has likewise changed. For the most part, people make up stories that they believe to be so compelling and controversial that readers can’t resist to click on them. The saddest part of it is not the fact that readers are being deceived, but the realize that there never is truth to the news in the first place.

Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of fake news is the notion that its very purpose is to discredit the very foundations of credible journalism, plus the fact that it does nothing but to lure in readers for false information, in a manner that pretty much resembles how the devil tempts one person to do wrong. It isn’t really surprising why there’s an increasing number of people who are using it since it indeed is a very effective means of garnering and obtaining attention without spending. So if we are to look at it this way, fake news is kind of an advertising tool as well.

News that do nothing but to stir debate and discussion without even weighing on if the story inside it is true or not are usually hosted on websites that bear resemblance to that of the most popular news websites. The name of the website they use are even closely related to or synonymous to those legitimate news sites they try to copy.

Whenever someone clicks on the fake news link, he will redirected to that website and as a result, there’s a sudden high volume of traffic for that site, and high traffic usually means profit.

To attest to the legitimacy of the threat posed by this fake news trend, even the likes of international news agencies, more particularly BBC, is already doing something in order to stop these websites from wreaking havoc to the freedom of expression. The UK-based news agency recently launched a project that will make them use multiple verification of the information they receive before publishing it as news. The obvious purpose is to keep the BBC name out of the cloud of new agencies, websites, and social media platforms accused of entertaining, hosting, and even welcoming fake news.

The truth is the biggest challenge BBC will be facing is how to stop the spread of fake news because as of this writing, they are becoming more and more popular due to the simple fact that readers today seemingly are more interested in something that’s controversial and intriguing without even considering if it really is legitimate news based on facts.