Often on our news feeds we will see a title including celebrities and some sort of made up scandal. For example, last night, “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to be Divorced Within the Next 6 Months” absolutely flooded my Twitter timeline at the same time “Kanye” was trending. Later on and after inquiry, like most fake news, a source clears up the rumor and it is no longer spread throughout the interweb.
While something such as celebrity divorce may not be so serious, fake news reporting rose to an all-time high in the months leading up to the 2016 election. Not only were there articles harmful to the reputations of the nominees, they were also harmful to America as a whole.
Facebook was filled with viral articles with headlines such as: “FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide". While most would take one look at this and roll their eyes at its far-stretched manor, millions on Facebook and Twitter fall victim to fake news everyday.
In our day and age, technology basically makes the world go around. I’m familiar and close to many people who rely on the internet as a main source of news every single day. This is harmful to those on social media because they are filling their heads with junk that is no-where near true.
Finding a credible source to get your daily dose of news from is one of the things that all Americans should make a priority, especially when fake articles are questioned, even blamed, for swaying huge event outcomes, such as our election.
Remember, it’s not just your great-grandma who views fake news, takes it for what it is, and then shares it for others to see. President-elect and the 73rd most-followed person in the world, Donald Trump, even took to Twitter and mistakenly re-tweeted false statistics provided by a fake news site. Be careful and pay close attention to the origin of your information. Don’t be fooled by click bait and internet hoaxes!