The Policy Times takes you on a journey through fake news that will keep you scratching your head as to why people even believed in it.
In Veles, Macedonia people wanted to make quick money through Facebook advertising so they started writing Fiction stories which had no reality in it. Some interesting headlines were –
- “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President”
- “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide”.
The US presidential elections were a hot topic, and so is Donald Trump. People tend to take advantage of this fact. Memes and funny comics are a wide type of accepted media nowadays, and during the US elections it was to another degree.
Donald Trump understands that there is much fake news going around, but then again a person who constantly changes his mind and is weirdly aggressive will always be the centre of fake news.
This fake news is a risk to society as it can create chaos and panic at times when everything is normal. It is also an art of pushing people and making them patriotic when it is not needed.
How do you stop this chaos and unnecessary media?
- Google News, which is a major one stop online destination for news around the world, has recently updated its policies-
Sites included in Google News must not misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about their ownership or primary purpose, or engage in coordinated activity to mislead users. This includes, but isn’t limited to, sites that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or are directed at users in another country under false premises.
- International Fact Checking Network, powered by Poynter helps Facebook users flag articles they think are fake. Once flagged they are checked with third party checkers such as Washington Post
- Extensions on the Web browser such as Les Decodeurs (The Decoders), the extension is called Decodex. When on a fake news site, you will get a pop up with a warning about it being a fake news site. It also gives information about why the site is fake.
- Algorithms can help put a stop to the spread of fake news. This automated solution wll quickly stop the spread of fake news, once such company that has developed this idea is First Draft. First draft is already working with Google and Facebook.
The policies that will be drafted will be more on cyber security and data handling as the digital age is growing faster and fake news is spread mostly through digital methods.