Fake News websites publish hoaxes, propaganda, and fake information just to drive traffic and then to gain money by it. Fake news is different from news satire because its purpose is to share information to entertain while fake news seek to mislead the public for political and financial gain. Fake News spread so much because people tend to trust information and news from friends and family. Fake news often goes viral because it is spread over social media networks, which are in many countries the most widespread and persuasive information networks especially the young. The trick is to learn how to discern what the truth from what not is. This done by doing your research and just not believing what is posted on the internet.
Google has announced that they are expanding their fact checking in Google News. The Google News Fact-Checking is now expanded to the Latin America as part of its agenda to combat fake news. Also Non-Government Organizations like International Fact-Checking Network, are also now conducting to almost 1000 active sites. The site that are check regularly include those who have claims around health, politics and urban legends among others.
Fight against Fake News
Social Media sites are the number one avenue to purport fake news. The companies like Facebook and Google are using a combination of automated, algorithmic curation of news, to check veracity and human curation, anchored to local context, language and other factors.
According to experts, the best way to stop fake news is to cut off its ad money generator. Companies will look at the websites that ads are served on, examine traffic patterns and look at their domains. If suspicious sounding domains are generating high traffic volumes, the companies will examine the content on the sites, and block ads from appearing there. Companies will also look specifically at the content of the ads themselves, disallowing on their networks ads that serve misinformation
There are crash courses and argument clinics that are available online to aid you in differentiating the fake news from real news.
You can avoid falling for lies and fake new if you know how to navigate your way across the internet and social media. According to BBC, the best way to combat fake news is first, don’t be seduced by simplicity. A series of studies have shown that it is surprisingly easy to mask a lie in the mask of credibility, by making it sound so obvious it must be true. Second be smart about the images you see on it. Images be edited with the use Photoshop. They can now be easily doctored, and you may not realize just how easily this can manipulate your memory of history. Third, accept your ignorance. Many people suffer from having too much confidence – they believe that they know more than any other person. And because we have our smartphones – that gives us the avenue of infinite knowledge at our finger-tips – can increase this effect. As a result, we may feel less critical of the information that reinforces our assumptions, while dismissing anything that disagrees with us. And fourth, look beyond your bubble. Try talking to people with different views from your own, and look to news sources you wouldn’t normally read.