Growing up, all we knew was either news or gossip; news was news and nothing more. Recently, with the ease of use and access to the internet, false news disguised as newsfeed are being shared online at an alarming rate.
Crook websites are intentionally set up to publish news stories that are incorrect and misleading. They also employ social media tools to broaden their reach; and more than often reputable and mainstream media outlets have also been misled by these websites.
Without an internet police to check mate the activities of these websites, it has become imperative that we protect ourselves from false news. Fake news is a dangerous trend that can lead to chaos or even violence if it’s not checkmated.
We have to be vigilant when reading content online. When reading a story, ask yourself whether you recognise the publisher, if you don’t, feel free to run an internet search on the source. Also verify if the news has been reported elsewhere, if it’s fully backed up by evidence, or if it’s a photograph, whether it could be of something else. Google images can help with that.
Click HERE to view a guide on how to spot a fake news.