What’s With Fake News These Days?
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 modern definition of what fake news are these days has substantially changed. 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. Definitely the most unfortunate fact about fake news is that there aren’t any truth to them and that readers are merely deceived to influence their actions.
Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of fake news is the notion that its very purpose is to discredit the very foundations of credible journalism, plus the fact that it does nothing but to lure in readers for false information, in a manner that pretty much resembles how the devil tempts one person to do wrong. 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. In a way, fake news is done in the same outlook and perspective to that of a traditional advertising tool.
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. The name of the website they use are even closely related to or synonymous to those legitimate news sites they try to copy.
So whenever a visitor clicks that link, he will be forwarded to the website where the false news is found and in return, that website gets a generous, even high traffic, something that will eventually translate into 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 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.
The truth is the biggest challenge BBC will be facing is how to stop the spread of fake news because as of this writing, they are becoming more and more popular due to the simple fact that readers today seemingly are more interested in something that’s controversial and intriguing without even considering if it really is legitimate news based on facts.