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Fake News: A recent development?:
The news is more available then ever before as a result of social networking sites; it was found that 62 percent of US adults get news on social media (Gottfried & Shearer. 2016 cited in Allcott, & Gentzkow, M. (2017))
However, with news comes fake news and it can be difficult to sift through and ascertain which news is real and which is fake; especially if fake news stories have spread like wildfire – as they often do. It has been well documented that Donald Trump has been the subject of Fake News blasts, and so it seemed appropriate to cite him during this topic discussion.
Example of Fake News:
CBS 60 minutes aired a segment on their investigation into fake news, one of the examples that they used was Celebtricity.com; which published an article entitled “Donald Trump caught sniffing cocaine by hotel staff”. The story cited no authors or publish date and claims made were so elaborate that the whole article screamed satire.
As you can see, the article is very poorly written, and quite clearly a joke – yet CBS used it as an example of ‘fake news’ in a very serious segment about “fake news as an epidemic”. (Dice, M., 2017)
How do you protect yourself from Fake News?
In the above example it’s fairly obvious the article is unreliable- however it’s not always as clear cut. Therefore it is important to be able to assess reliability of online news so that you are not misled.
Use C.R.A.A.P and live your life; well informed.
The key to assessing the reliability of fake news and ensuring we are well informed is only trusting information from a reputable source, (Bartlett, B., 2017). Facebook and Twitter may be filled with news stories- but do not rely on these sites for news.
My comment on Natalie’s blog here
My Comment on Chloe’s blog here
CBS (2017). Fake News. Available at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-fake-news-find-your-social-media-feeds/ [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].
Dice, M. (2017). The true story of fake news. 1st ed. San Diego, CA: The Resistance Manifesto.
Twitter.com. (n.d.). Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter. [online] Available at: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].
CelebTriCity. (2017). Donald Trump Caught Snorting Cocaine by Hotel Staff. [online] Available at: http://www.celebtricity.com/donal-trump-caught-snorting-cocaine-by-hotel-staff/ [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].
Allcott, H. and Gentzkow, M. (2017). Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31(2), pp.211-236.
BBC News. (2018). Fake news: Universities offer tips. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41902914 [Accessed 11 Mar. 2018].
Bartlett, B. (2017). The truth matters. 1st ed. New York: Crown Publishing.
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