What’s With Fake News These Days?
When we hear something like, “no, that isn’t news,” we often translate it into saying that an article is news but isn’t newsworthy or interesting, right? 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 modern definition of what fake news are these days has substantially changed. The intention or objective of publishing them also has changed. For the most part, people make up stories that they believe to be so compelling and controversial that readers can’t resist to click on them. They will publish the content even if there are no factual claims or evidence to prove that the news is indeed true.
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. 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. Therefore, it also works pretty much like an advertising tool or media, except that it boldly deceives the reader.
Apart from false information, news that don’t come with the sense of truth are usually published on websites that are as equally shady too since they’re built with the intention of mimicking the appearance of the most popular and widely-read online news media. 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 whenever a visitor clicks that link, he will be forwarded to the website where the false news is found and in return, that website gets a generous, even high traffic, something that will eventually translate into 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 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 obvious intention of BBC is to keep its name clean and out of that group of news and media sites and social networking platforms that are being criticized for allowing fake news to be hosted in their respective platforms or pages.
In reality, BBC’s fight is something that has to be looked upon as a stiff climb considering how fake news these days have become so popular, and the most unfortunate reason for that is because readers seem to be more interested in what is intriguing and controversial news than what is true.