Fake news has been a growing issue in media, especially with President Donald Trump frequently using the term. The word used to mean parody news or just literally false information being published. Now though, President Trump has added a new meaning to the term. Fake news can now reference something that is actually true, making the truth harder and harder to uncover.
“Fact checking” is now something consumers can use to find out if information or “fake news” is actually false. Factcheck.org was created during the presidential campaign just for this reason.
Not only is fake news confusing to media consumers, but it can also be a threat to our society. For example, after hurricane Harvey, a headline titled “Only 60 out of 1566 Churches Open To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims”. This headline was false and unnecessarily created hatred for people and religious groups. For more misleading headlines, check out “Fake News Of 2017”.
As social media makes each individual their own story teller, there are unlimited amounts of stories. Not all of them are true and many of them disagree. This kind of division has had a direct affect on the division and violence in the country. It’s unfortunate that so many people believe the first thing they hear or see. It is so important, especially right now that we fact check ourselves by using multiple sources to seek the truth. Sometimes popular media platforms do not always have the correct information.
Another way fake news can have an impact is through voters. When people vote, they usually do it based off what they hear and see in the major political news channels and papers. I don’t believe every news organization spreads fake news, but some do.
It is essential to the legitimacy of news media to be honest. The voting population needs to make sure they know why they are voting, as well as if the information is true. For reasons like this and many more, people need to do their own research and seek the truth in media.
Sharing a false story may not sound like a huge deal but its impact is deeper than it seems.