Fake news



Background

Buzzfeeds media editor Craig Silverman found about 140 fake news websites witch where getting a lot of money from Facebook. Fake news spreads the fastest on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter where thousands of people can create and share the stories that interested them. Fake news has always been around but in the last 3 years it has become more relevant with the Donald trump and Hillary Clinton presidential election where people from both sides spread fake stories about the other sides. There were also a lot of horror stories about Ebola that spread like wildfire in 2014 witch put a lot of people in a panic. Fake news is fake because it contains fake or altered news. There are lots of websites and people who don't even know that they spread fake news since a lot of the fake news stories look good enough to be real (Wendling, The (almost) complete history of 'fake news', 2018).

Problem

If fake news spreads fast enough and enough people see and believe it, it could spread mass hysteria and make people act irrational. Fake news can be good as well as it teaches people to be more careful on what they read on the internet. Fake news sites are usually unknown and are made only about 2 weeks before the story happened or went viral and real news sites are well known and have a good reputation. We can educate people on how to fact check on their own and they won't fall victim to fake news stories. To help people spot a fake news stories social media websites can use a verified mark on stories they have checked to not be fake. We can also start exposing websites or people who spread fake news so when they say something most people won't believe them even if it is true (Waldrop, 2017).

Solution

We can reduce the spread of fake news through the media by letting humans check most or all stories that sound too good to be true and let them flag whole sites as fake. We can also stop adds from showing on fake news stories witch will make it unprofitable for the creators since the creators make a lot of money of the adds' on the fake news stories. We can also teach people to spot fake news and avoid it on their own and allow them to flag a website witch will let more experienced people see if the news is fake. One can also use a program to scan through stories as they are put up to test if they are fake or not by fact checking the story before it is put up on the website or before it gets adds placed on it this will decrease the amount of fake news (Wendling, Solutions that can stop fake news spreading, 2017).

Findings


Do people fact check their news?

pie graph sowing how many people fact check their news Yes:52% and no:48%

From my survey results I can see that most people do fact check new3s stories before they believe them, however the sample size was to small to prove anything


Where do most people get their news from

graph showing thatmost people get their news from social media

From my survey results I can see that most people get their news from social media and no one gets their news from a newspaper, however the sample size was to small to prove anything


Witch gender stops the spread of fake news more

this pie graph shows that women stop the spread of fake news more

From my survey results I can see that male members of society do more to stop the spread of fake news, however the sample size was to small to prove anything

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