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Debunking the Problem of ‘Fake News’

Admit it, you’ve heard someone say, “that’s not news!” at least once in your life and judging by how such comment is delivered, it usually means that a piece of article or report is still news, but isn’t really fresh or interesting. And while it’s easy and perfectly normal to read or hear daily news reports and articles that don’t fancy or even irritate you, nothing is really more annoying and disturbing than fake news.

The modern definition of what fake news are these days has substantially changed. The very reasons (s) they’re written and published today has changed as well. For many of the instances, fake news are created by people who believe that the compelling subject or topic will force the hand of a reader to click on the link and read the content in its entirety. The saddest part of it is not the fact that readers are being deceived, but the realize that there never is truth to the news in the first place.

The purest form of fake news is nothing but false information made up in order to not just discredit journalism in its entirety but influence how one individual will respond based on that information. The reason why a lot of people aren’t afraid to use it is because it is by far one of the cheapest way to grab attention. So if we are to look at it this way, fake news is kind of an advertising tool as well.

News that do nothing but to stir debate and discussion without even weighing on if the story inside it is true or not are usually hosted on websites that bear resemblance to that of the most popular news websites. Another outrageous thing about these fake news sites is that the name or domain they use are in a way synonymous or similar to actual and legitimate new sites, the obvious purpose of which is to create the impression that they are of the same nature.

Whenever someone clicks on the fake news link, he will redirected to that website and as a result, there’s a sudden high volume of traffic for that site, and high traffic usually means profit.

To attest to the legitimacy of the threat posed by this fake news trend, even the likes of international news agencies, more particularly BBC, is already doing something in order to stop these websites from wreaking havoc to the freedom of expression. The British news agency is currently busy with a new project that aims at verifying information they get on multiple levels right before releasing it to the public as legitimate use. The intention of BBC is quite clear: it wants to steer clear from the criticism directed towards other renowned news agencies as well as social media platforms which are reportedly allowing fake news to appear in their pages.

The truth is the biggest challenge BBC will be facing is how to stop the spread of fake news because as of this writing, they are becoming more and more popular due to the simple fact that readers today seemingly are more interested in something that’s controversial and intriguing without even considering if it really is legitimate news based on facts.