Facebook Fake News Stories

November 20th, 2016 Posted in Web Related

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Today I found an interesting article in my RSS feed. The article in the New York Times technology section discussed the impact that fake news stories are having in real life politics. This comes in light of recent criticism of false news stories on Facebook that may have swayed the way voters voted in the most recent election. The article stated that this is not anything new, as similar problems have been seen in the Philippines among other countries.  

So what should be done? Facebook and Google are currently taking actions to get of this behavior but many people think that the response is too late. This problem is only increasing as more people post content to the internet. There is simply no way to screen everything that is posted. Similarly as web based publications increase, it is difficult to tell real news from fake news in some cases. While some stories are obviously incorrect, some are tougher to distinguish between.  

Our generation has always been told to be skeptical of everything that you read online. However for many people that idea goes in one ear and out the other. For some people social media and other web sources are their only source of information.

In the coming years accurate news information is going to be at a premium. People need and want to be able to trust their news however they feel that they can’t traditional media or new media forms. This trend I expect will lead people to paying again for news content. Professional news outlets will need to produce content that people can trust and will be profitable based on pay walls and the number of people that believe the content.   

Tell me what you think in the comments section below. 

  1. One Response to “Facebook Fake News Stories”

  2. By Kyle on Nov 20, 2016

    Do you think it’s too much to ask for the audience to be more critical of what they read online? I’m not sure where the breakdown is, but that would be the ideal solution, although probably not the most practical.

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