Fake News on Social Media

By Mengren Hu
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As more and more people start to use different social media, these platforms have become the places for people to spread fake news, and it is becoming more serious. There is one question social media users doubt – Are social media platforms responsible for these fake news?

According to the data, there are 62% adults get news or information from social media website (Fast Facts: Is Fake …, 2016).

Facebook is implicated of allowing misinformation to proliferate on its site. In fact, Facebook was the breeding ground of misreports during the curtain raiser to the presidential election, and it is more fodder for a national debate on the responsibility of social media platforms and other types of technology that widely spread information to billions of people worldwide (Swarts, 2016). Facebook has been had at for obviously uploading fake news on its site, and the situation promote the CEO to deny it unknowingly helped Trump become the president-elect (Fast Facts: Is Fake …, 2016). He said “99% of news on the social network is ‘authentic’”, and he promised to get rid of fake news (Fast Facts: Is Fake …, 2016). The company also said that they would shut down ads from fake news sites.

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Right now, Facebook does not plan to do something to fix it. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has mentioned that the Facebook’s filter is not the issue, but the users impose upon themselves (Fast Facts: Is Fake …, 2016).

Facebook in not the only platform to spread fake news online, more fake news are proliferated and disseminated via Google. Most news is using Google’s search engine which comes from founded media sources such as the New York Times and CNN (based on the data analysis from journalists at the University of Maryland) (Swarts, 2016).

We are the social media users, so in most time we should know the authenticity of news. Before the truth release, we shall not spread it.

 


 

References

Fast Facts: Is Fake News on Social Media Really A Problem? (2016). The Morning Call. Retrieved from http://www.mcall.com/business/getsmart/mc-fast-facts-facebook-spread-of-misinformation-20161116-story.html

Swartz, J. (2016). More fake news on the web – this time, via Google. USA Today. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/11/14/more-fake-news-social-media—-time-google/93819442/

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