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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. Yes, daily news that aren’t worthy of your attention are a commonplace these days, like when someone reported about necrophilia on the front page of a paper, but the thing is nothing is really worse than fake news.

The idea behind fake news today and its very definition has changed a lot the past several years. The reason why they’re written and published at the same time has likewise changed. 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.

Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of fake news is the notion that its very purpose is to discredit the very foundations of credible journalism, plus the fact that it does nothing but to lure in readers for false information, in a manner that pretty much resembles how the devil tempts one person to do wrong. More and more people, even organizations, are using it since it’s one of the most effective ways of getting maximum attention without even spending a dime. In a way, fake news is done in the same outlook and perspective to that of a traditional advertising tool.

Another unsettling observation about fake news is that it usually is hosted on websites that have been intentionally built to mimic and appear like that of the most popular online news sites. 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.

So the moment a reader clicks on the link where the fake news is found, he will be redirected to a website, thus giving the site high traffic in the process; which in turn leads to eventual profit.

One good proof of how legitimate the threat has become from this fake news trend is the fact that international news agencies like the BBC are now taking huge strides to address and eventually fight off these websites and the people running them. The UK-based news company has recently started a project intended to verify and re-verify the information they obtain right before they make it part of news that’s accessible to the public. The obvious purpose is to keep the BBC name out of the cloud of new agencies, websites, and social media platforms accused of entertaining, hosting, and even welcoming fake news.

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.

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