Fake News and Social Media: How prevalent is it?

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Fake news is often perceived by people as social media posts with imaginary and implausible stories. Although the most visible aspect of fake news is social media posts, there is much more to it than article titles, which are exaggerated.

Fire in this world requires 3 elements to survive: fuel, heat, and oxygen. Similarly, fake news also requires 3 elements to succeed.

  • Tools and services are essential for spreading a manipulated message on social media platforms. Many of these platforms include members from across the world.
  • Social media provides us with a view of a relationship between recipients of the posts and bots. This assists in deducing the scope of campaigns or organizations, which spread fake news to manipulate people.
  • Propaganda campaigns always arrive with a query: Why? The motivations behind spreading fake news can be diverse and can stem from a monetary desire. In many other cases, the motivations can stem from political or criminal backgrounds.

Regardless of the motivations behind creating and spreading fake news, its success is deduced via how much impact it can have on the real world. It is important to be vigilant in today’s world, where fake news can cause harm to a person, community, or organization.