Fake News Threatens Truth, But Social Media Has the Power To Stop It
There are many ways that people can get news from. Some people prefer to get their news from social media. According to Pew Research, “About two-thirds of American adults (68%) say they at least occasionally get news on social media, about the same share as at this time in 2017, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.”
Many people get their news from social media even if it is not that often. However, some people do not think the news they find on social media is accurate. BBC says, “Fake news is designed to spread confusion and obscure the truth with lies, hoaxes, and conspiracies.” Fake news spreads false accusations about events and people. Unfortunately, fake news can easily spread and go viral on social media.
Some people when going to social media for news want it to be fast. People look for news that they can get instantly, and that is a quick read. A single post or tweet can spread confusion and lies. Social media connects people from all over the world, and fake news can make people across the world believe lies. Fake news that is unchecked can result in mass confusion, and lies can become truth.
Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are currently looking into ways to prevent fake news, and misleading information. Instagram also takes fake news very seriously. They consult with third party fact checkers to go over their content. They explain that “When content has been rated as false or partly false by a third-party fact-checker, we reduce its distribution by removing it from Explore and hashtag pages, and reducing its visibility in Feed and Stories.”