True or False

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By Joy Kalu

Every year there is a new problem that social media faces, and this year is no different.

We have come upon a recent epidemic in the social media world called “fake news”.

The bulk of the problem started when Facebook users were seeing these news stories that they would read and believe were true and then shares with their friends and so on and so forth, but then the problem got out of hand.

The first question lies, where is the line between fake news and satire? For one, fake news and satire are two completely different things. While satire uses satirical commentary to discuss real world events, fake news is based purely on the imagination of the writer who then passes his false information off as fact.

The main problem with this is, media literacy is definitely at an all-time low. Internet users are unable to different satire from op-ed from fake news from real news. No one checks their sources to ensure that what they are reading is fact and no one questions anything anymore. With media literacy being so low, social media then has to take a stand to block fake news from reaching users in order to reduce the amount of false information readers believe.

It’s sad that writers can no longer work in satire without fear of condemnation for writing “fake news” because readers are ignorant and quite frankly, stupid.

I think it’s important that people are educated on what is reliable and what is not.

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UNT Eagle Strategies

Class members of the social media class in the Mayborn School of Journalism