Fighting Back Against Fake News

By Parker Cantu

fake news everywhere

I know it. You know it. We all know it. Fake news is a serious problem. It has become so much of a problem that major companies like Facebook and Google are committing to fight fake news.

It can be argued that companies like Facebook and Google are obligated in a way to lead the fight against fake news, but it isn’t all on them to keep fake news from being as successful as it is right now.

 

Google just recently rolled out an update that incorporates fact checking websites’ results into its own web search results. That’s great, but to get the fact checking results to show up you have to search using specific phrases that are used often. This means that in most cases you still need to actively be trying to check the facts.

 

And that, right there, is the best way to fight against fake news: actively checking the facts.

Getting news nowadays isn’t as passive as it used to be, there has to be effort on your part to get good information. In the end, if we’re not checking to make sure that the information we’re getting from sources is legit then all of these attempts to stump fake news are for naught.

 

There are many websites that make fact checking super quick and simple. Copying and pasting a line from an article into a website like politifact or snopes is a good way to quickly check the validity of a statement. Another way to keep yourself from falling into a fake news trap is to find multiple articles that are covering the same topic. IF you can’t find any other articles that agree with the article in question, then there’s your red flag.

 

Fake news is everywhere now, but that’s only because its god at bringing in ad revenue. If everyone would start putting in a little bit of effort into checking the facts, then we wouldn’t have the issues we have now with slanderous articles and misinformation spreading like wild fire.

 

Sources:

Photo: https://memesuper.com/categories/view/7378b33cf92a46c71fdccf4902658d8cae3794c3/meme-fake-news.html

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/04/07/google-facebook-fake-news-measures/

 

https://arstechnica.co.uk/business/2017/04/google-search-fact-check/

 

https://politifact.com

 

http://snopes.com

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