Fake News

Fake News

“Fake news” defines as “fabricated content created for money making”. People make website and publish unchecked and unauthentic material to sell the information for clicks on web. Content writers of those websites catch the emotions of the audience to make them angry about certain topics. They use catchy headline or image to get attention of the audience. Quite easy for them to sell the content through social media and sometimes through certain websites. Human brains always preoccupied with the information, and technological era provide much information to the people around the globe and they do not have much time to check the authenticity and sources for the information. People do not care either a piece of information or story is true or not, but they share the story through social media and get attention through it.
Poynter organization” http://www.poynter.org/ provides the information about fake news and people can check while passing through these process.

  1. Check the web address
  2. Research the name of the site
  3. Look for the organizational logos
  4. Through lot of advertisements and flash banners.
  5. Look for site owner including date of publishing the story, name of the reporter or author, where they get the information (sources) and the headline of the news story.
  6. Go to “about” tab where you get the information about the site.
  7. Search image through google image.
  8. Check the site registration through different channels.
  9. Check the inter-media factors that other media outlets also covers that particular story or not.
  10. Look at overly sensational and emotional headlines.

Fake news is not a new phenomenon, but it can be reached to the people more quickly now a days because of social media as compared to the past when only possible through emails. Google and Facebook starts crackdown on fake websites and information.

According to the www.factcheck.org people can also look upon the information through certain ways and they also propose solutions to avoid misinformation or fabricated material from sites and social media.

  1. Check the source of the information.
  2. Read the text and not only see the headlines.
  3. Check the author and you can also google the name of the author.
  4. Check the supportive sites as well and see if they claim it or not.
  5. You can check the date and sometimes only some information is being manipulated.
  6. Do differentiate between check the joking style and satire.
  7. Check your own biasness towards specific topics, personalities and nations.
  8. Consult with experts and take some time to explore more about it.

Fact Check Organizations:

  • www.factcheck.org
  • www.snopes.com
  • www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker
  • www.politifact.com
  • www.opensecrets.org
  • www.truthorfiction.com
  • www.hoax-slayer.com

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