How is fake news affecting REAL journalism?


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On the 27th November 2016 an article was published by the BBC, the heading of that article Facebook, Fake News and the Meaning of Truth.

The article goes on to say how the most important source for news today is not a newspaper or broadcasting, but the very popular social networking site that is Facebook. Over 1 billion people log onto Facebook daily, in May of 2016, data was gathered and showed on average that 44% of American’s get news from social media.

Fake news is at the centre of the media recently, The Guardian more recently released an article stating how fake news may have played a part in the American election. Not only is this affecting American politics but an article posted by the BBC on the 13th January 2017 goes on to say how the labour party feel that fake news poses as a threat to British politics.

Fake news is not only affecting politics but it is affecting people personally. An article posted on the 12th January 2017 by the BBC goes on to tell the story of how a Syrian migrant had been falsely linked to terrorism due to fake news that had circulated Facebook.  According to the article there have been numerous instances and false allegations made against migrants and refugees on the social networking site.

On the 15th November 2016 an article was published on the BBC by someone who writes and distributes the fake news. The individual goes on to say how he thinks people are entertained by his style of news and often after reading the title do not proceed to check the actual contents of the article before sharing.

The BBC are now taking matters into their own hands and have recently set up a team to debunk fake news stories.

The effects of fake news are not only felt on a personal level but when involving the government and politics can affect everything on a much wider scale.