What is fake news?
Using the internet is a good sort of resource, but everything that is put on there can’t always be trusted. It leans towards using eye caching headlines such as ‘Celebrity looking pregnant’ or ‘President seen making out with another woman’ anything that they know will catch the audiences eye and make them want to read the article whether it is real or fake. On the website ‘What is fake news’ posted on the telegraph, it is quoted ‘Headlines can seem suspicious to the point of being silly, making it tempting to be fake news’ (Community, 2017).Fake news is completely made up and it is constructed to lie to the readers, it was not a term people used to use but now it is a big deal. A long time before the internet came into play it was hard to gather information, building up trust took a very long time, and there was easier definitions of what passed for news in the media. But ever since social media came into the picture it has torn down the walls that blocked fake news from spreading, it has allowed anyone and everyone to create and make up stories whenever they please. The telegraph states that ‘Facebook and Twitter allowed people to exchange information on a much greater scale than ever before, in short the barriers to creating fake news have need undone’ (Titcomb, 2017). The aim and goal of fake news is to make the audience feel shocked and make them go over what they have just read, and with that it causes them to share what they had just read on Facebook, Twitter any type of social platform without having a second thought about it, the process of this will make viewers believe what has been shared, the cycle goes on and on until a big enough audience decides to whether to take on what they read or label it as fake news.
An example of one of a fake news story is about the president Donald Trump who was accused of being linked to a scandal involving the release of leaked documents. The report involved Trump’s son who apparently receive an email offering him access to the hacked democratic emails from wikileaks, but in fact what had happened was members of Trump’s campaign had received an email about the documents reporting on the intital date, and was then confirmed by two sources that it was not true.