Debunking the Problem of ‘Fake News’
We often hear people saying, “that isn’t news,” which literally means something that is in fact news based on facts but isn’t as interesting or new. Yes, daily news that aren’t worthy of your attention are a commonplace these days, like when someone reported about necrophilia on the front page of a paper, but the thing is nothing is really worse than fake news.
The modern definition of what fake news are these days has substantially changed. The intention or objective of publishing them also has changed. For many of the instances, fake news are created by people who believe that the compelling subject or topic will force the hand of a reader to click on the link and read the content in its entirety. 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. More and more people, even organizations, are using it since it’s one of the most effective ways of getting maximum attention without even spending a dime. In a way, fake news is done in the same outlook and perspective to that of a traditional advertising tool.
Apart from false information, news that don’t come with the sense of truth are usually published on websites that are as equally shady too since they’re built with the intention of mimicking the appearance of the most popular and widely-read online news media. 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.
Whenever someone clicks on the fake news link, he will redirected to that website and as a result, there’s a sudden high volume of traffic for that site, and high traffic usually means profit.
To attest to the legitimacy of the threat posed by this fake news trend, even the likes of international news agencies, more particularly BBC, is already doing something in order to stop these websites from wreaking havoc to the freedom of expression. The UK-based news company has recently started a project intended to verify and re-verify the information they obtain right before they make it part of news that’s accessible to the public. The obvious intention of BBC is to keep its name clean and out of that group of news and media sites and social networking platforms that are being criticized for allowing fake news to be hosted in their respective platforms or 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.