Do You Consume Fake News?
We hear the term fake news throw around a lot. But it’s definitely not just a saying that some people, including notable ones, have picked up on. It’s very real. Fake news exists and it’s out there. And you may even be consuming it – without even knowing! So let’s take a look at exactly what it is, why it’s there, and how to avoid it.
What Is It?
It’s safe to say that ‘fake news’ is pretty much information that is untrue. This is it in its purest form, at least. But it can also be articles that have click bait for headlines, yet no actual substantial information in the text itself. And yes, it can be as highly frustrating as it sounds.
Why Is It Out There?
The main reason? Advertising revenue. Lots of articles can make money, just by getting visitors. As ads are paid based on the amount of traffic a site gets. And how can a sight get a bunch of clicks and views? Have a sensationalised headline or information you just have to know about. It’s safe, but true.
How To Distinguish It
But then also, you need to make sure that you’re then using the right tactics to know what’s real news, and what’s not. Why a sensationalised headline can be used in both traditional media and fake news, you’re much better off sticking to reputable sources. Just check out the below infographics on how librarians know the truth about fake news, and you should be able to crack it.
Infographic Design By University of Southern California