Fake News

By: Jessica Oswald

On Sunday, Dec. 5, a man by the name of Edgar Maddison Welch, walked into Comet Ping Pong in Washington D.C. and fired a rifle. Thankfully, no one was injured during his assault on the D.C. restaurant. His reasoning for doing this was because he was investigating a fake news story that the restaurant was running a child sex ring along with Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chief. According to Mercurynews.com, “Two guns were recovered inside the restaurant and an additional weapon was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle, police said.” Welch was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Reports also said, that during an interview with the New York Times, Welch admitted that “the intel on this wasn’t 100 percent.”

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Because of this assault Fake news being posted to many social media platforms has been a large topic of discussion. Of course there has always been a problem with fake news on social media; it’s really not a new thing. However, since many people tend to get their news from social media it seems to be easy for people to get mixed up in what is true and what is fake.

According to politico.com fact checkers are having a very hard time keeping up with all the fake news on Facebook, and Facebook itself is getting a lot of heat for letting certain Fake news stories through. “But fact-check organizations — which diligently reported lies and exaggerations during the campaign, only to see their work overshadowed by false headlines — argue that only Facebook has the reach and influence to address the free flow of fake news.” Because of this many fact checking news sites have wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg discussing ways to counter Fake news. At first, Zuckerberg seemed reluctant, but has now come up with some projects to help stop the spread of fake news.

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