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Fake News: Everything You Need to Know About It

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 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. In many of the instances, people make up fake stories that they perceive as something that definitely will compel readers to click on and read them considering how controversial the subject is. They will publish the content even if there are no factual claims or evidence to prove that the news is indeed true.

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.

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. The name of the website they use are even closely related to or synonymous to those legitimate news sites they try to copy.

Whenever someone clicks on the fake news link, he will redirected to that website and as a result, there’s a sudden high volume of traffic for that site, and high traffic usually means 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 intention of BBC is quite clear: it wants to steer clear from the criticism directed towards other renowned news agencies as well as social media platforms which are reportedly allowing fake news to appear in their 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.