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If you are reading this, you might be concerned about what happened at FHS. Sorry folks, this is fake news.

The topic of fake news is growing every day and can have the ability to ruin peoples’ lives. In order to figure out how to spot fake news, you must know what fake news is. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, fake news consists of false stories that appear to be news, on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or just as a joke.

While it may be difficult to spot fake news, it is easy to make it. All you need to do is make a false or exaggerated statement seem real by connecting some true information to the statement with false information as a filler. While easy-to-spot fake news exists, there is believable fake news out there that can leave a massive impact on someone’s life.

Last year, James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong pizzeria, started receiving death threats on his phone. He soon found out that someone had made up fake news saying Hillary Clinton made a child abuse ring in the restaurant. This post was made to slander both Clinton and Alefantis and, as a result, law enforcement got involved. However, the investigation was dropped when law enforcement found nothing suspicious was going on (Joseph).

The earliest form of fake news comes from the infamous “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast. On October 30 ,1938, Orson Welles read the story, claiming that aliens were taking over New York City. Welles broadcast is arguably the most famous fake news story the world has ever heard (Chen). 

Because fake news is so easy to make, it is useful to understand how to avoid it. The best way to avoid fake news is to use multiple news outlets and educate yourself on both sides of the argument. Websites such as MSNBC and FOX give good information but their news is biased to their side of the political spectrum.

The best way to spot fake news is to be more informed on the topic–if you can’t find anything out about the topic on multiple websites, chances are the news isn’t legitimate.

In order to avoid spreading fake news, it is also important to know your own bias. For example, if you dislike Hillary Clinton you might have believed the child abuse story. Social media is the most common place for fake news to spread because anyone can post. Fake news is a menace to media and now social media.









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