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Fake News: Everything You Need to Know About It

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. And while it’s easy and perfectly normal to read or hear daily news reports and articles that don’t fancy or even irritate you, nothing is really more annoying and disturbing than fake news.

The way fake news is defined today is totally different to what we perceived several decades back. The very reasons (s) they’re written and published today has changed as well. 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. Therefore, it also works pretty much like an advertising tool or media, except that it boldly deceives the reader.

News that do nothing but to stir debate and discussion without even weighing on if the story inside it is true or not are usually hosted on websites that bear resemblance to that of the most popular news websites. 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.

Proof of legitimate threat posed by this fake news trend is the fact that even the biggest news agencies like the BBC are now making headway to combat them. The UK-based news agency recently launched a project that will make them use multiple verification of the information they receive before publishing it as news. 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.

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.