|Problem and Solution |
The problem is that fake news makes us gullible. We struggle to define between what we should believe and what we should not believe, but end up believing because of the impact that fake news has on us as a result of social media.
I have researched various ways in which fake news can be fought against.
- Informing community members as well as fellow learners at my school, about the dangers of fakes news, the types of fake news and how one can identify fake news.
- According to https://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/responsible-citizens-dont-share-fake-news-20180124 responsible people don't go ahead and just post or send everything they receive on to all the people on their contact list. "Fake news impacts on the national conversation, voting patterns and perceptions of government and prominent people."
- Fake news has a platform namely social media that allows stories to be spread like a wildfire and that consumes huge amounts of money, time and the trust people have - what do I believe? What don't I believe? What do I send on to others? Is what I'm forwarding on to others going to help them or annoy them?
- If you receive news via for example, WhatsApp and you're not entirely sure if the story is true or not- a good tip is to go and Google the story. Get some facts for yourself from different websites that if the story turns out to be fake and a load of nonsense, then at least you could have stopped the chained reaction this story created and started, by sending the facts of the actual story out etc.