Fake news

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The problem that was being indicated here was that the term "Fake News" was the problem and that it was being posted worldwide and people don't know what to believe anymore. The achievement that I would like to get out of this focus is to stop or minimize the term "Fake News" overall and let users only use websites that are useful and share real news and that is more relyable.

Focus Question

What is the impact of Fake news on society itself?


I concluded that Fake news had more of an impact then we as individuals think .The research I did on the impact of Fake News came from the Website Conversation.com a Worldwide source that indicates all the impact around fake news and what it can do to us as a community country or society .Throughout the conclusion of the rest of my research in phase 1 the history and solutions of fake news clearly indicates that it is a common problem and that people believe what they see and hear before they have their facts in place or have done research about this type of News. In my findings I found that more female members fall for fake News on the more modern social media platforms and that would have a bigger impact on the society because Fake News would keep on spreading without any solutions.


Giant man-bats that spent their days collecting fruit and holding animated conversations; goat-like creatures with blue skin; a temple made of polished sapphire. These were the astonishing sights witnessed by John Herschel, an eminent British astronomer, when, in 1835, he pointed a powerful telescope "of vast dimensions" towards the Moon from an observatory in South Africa. Or that, at least, was what readers of the New York Sun were told in a series of newspaper reports.

This caused a sensation. People flocked to buy each day's edition of the Sun. The paper's circulation shot up from 8,000 to over 19,000 copies, overtaking the Times of London to become the world's bestselling daily newspaper. There was just one small hitch. The fantastical reports had in fact been concocted by Richard Adams Locke, the Sun's editor. Herschel was conducting genuine astronomical observations in South Africa. But Locke knew it would take months for his deception to be revealed, because the only means of communication with the Cape was by letter. The whole thing was a giant hoax - or, as we would say today, "fake news". This classic of the genre illuminates the pros and cons of fake news as a commercial strategy - and helps explain why it has re-emerged in the internet era.


There may be actual solutions to the spread of fake news:

  • Fake news - from false celebrity gossip to the fabricated story of Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump - became a huge issue during the US election campaign. Those who peddled falsehoods were motivated sometimes by profit and sometimes by politics
  • British parliamentarians are launching a committee to look at the problem. But globally, there are various methods being offered to fix it. The team behind BBC World Hacks - our news solutions-focussed journalism unit - has been looking into some of the most promising potential solutions.

Humans flag whole sites as fakes:

  • In 2009, Le Monde, one of the biggest French newspapers, set up a fact-checking unit called Les Decodeurs (The Decoders). Increasingly the unit is turning its attention to fake news, and they've devised a web extension called Decodex.
  • "You just put it on your browser and then when you come to a fake news site you get a pop up appearing saying 'warning this is a fake news site'," says Samuel Laurent, editor of Les Decodeurs. "If you click on the tool you will have access to a little paper describing the website and saying why we think it's not trustworthy." The extension is linked to a database that Les Decodeurs has compiled which ranks sites as "fake", "real" or "satire".