Debunking the Problem of ‘Fake News’
When we hear something like, “no, that isn’t news,” we often translate it into saying that an article is news but isn’t newsworthy or interesting, right? It may be true that there are some daily news reports and articles out there that don’t deserve your attention, but the fact is nothing is more disturbing than fake news.
The way fake news is defined today is totally different to what we perceived several decades back. The very reasons (s) they’re written and published today has changed as well. 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.
The most disturbing attribute of fake news is that it uses false information for the purpose of discrediting and disrespecting the very foundation of journalism. 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. Therefore, it also works pretty much like an advertising tool or media, except that it boldly deceives the reader.
Another unsettling observation about fake news is that it usually is hosted on websites that have been intentionally built to mimic and appear like that of the most popular online news sites. Another outrageous thing about these fake news sites is that the name or domain they use are in a way synonymous or similar to actual and legitimate new sites, the obvious purpose of which is to create the impression that they are of the same nature.
So the moment a reader clicks on the link where the fake news is found, he will be redirected to a website, thus giving the site high traffic in the process; which in turn leads to eventual profit.
One good proof of how legitimate the threat has become from this fake news trend is the fact that international news agencies like the BBC are now taking huge strides to address and eventually fight off these websites and the people running them. The British news agency is currently busy with a new project that aims at verifying information they get on multiple levels right before releasing it to the public as legitimate use. The intention of BBC is quite clear: it wants to steer clear from the criticism directed towards other renowned news agencies as well as social media platforms which are reportedly allowing fake news to appear in their pages.
Well, it’s painful to admit that BBC’s fight is something that has to considered as an uphill climb because with the rapid rise in popularity of fake news, it seems like readers, especially young ones, are more interested in what is intriguing and controversial without even verifying it is indeed is true.