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Why do Facts Matter? FAKE NEWS MEDIA has the answer
July 8, 2020 | By - Anany Johari

Why do Facts Matter? FAKE NEWS MEDIA has the answer

When was that one time when someone lied to you flat on your face? How did you feel when a lie about you was fabricated out of thin air? This is how our ‘trending’ media houses have exaggerated and added a dash of hoax to the truth and traded it for their skyrocketing TRP. Fake news is also referred to as ‘Fabricated information’, stories or hoaxes invented to deliberately deceive users or spread misinformation.

The misinformation or fake news traversing through the internet or social media has become a major issue in today’s techno-savvy world. Even now during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is not able to cast aside the fake news which is spread on a regular basis. This happens because the first thing any user does while having his cup of coffee in the morning, is either read a newspaper, or go through a social media platform. Either ways, both of them provide perfect deliverable for the fake news industry.

Most of the fake news stories in media is accountable to opinionated and biased mindset of people and corporate houses with political leanings. This provides a basis for racism, sexism, political agenda and in many cases, fear. If the world needs to know the truth about a specific incident, media must not ask ‘what’s trending in it’ based on the incident. Instead, they must ensure that the news is true and unbiased. Misleading context often arises from misleading information. An opinion is not a fact, period.

Types of fake news media

Fake news can be identified into several categories:

1) Misleading context

A coin has two sides, right? So does information. It so happens that the idea of what the news conveys differs from person to person. A person can’t decide which side of the coin to choose in this case. Use of words, intentionally or unintentionally, to confuse the reader and make it difficult for contemplation leads to ‘misleading context’.

2) Manipulated/Fabricated content

Sometimes the news that we read is thoroughly glazed with butter and cream but not in the good way. In a world full of magnanimous possibilities, its easy to coat the truth with lies and manipulate it to one’s advantage. Maybe even add a few false details, who would notice, right?

3) Sloppy Journalism

Journalists need to understand the meaning and find a way to convey it to the readers and viewers in the most appropriate manner. However, ‘sloppy journalism’ can just reverse the entire meaning behind an act or words.

4) Misleading headings

The first thing that grabs our attention while reading the news is the ‘heading’. The heading is considered to give out a brief impression of the context of the news article. Therefore, it’s imperative that the words in the headings are carefully chosen.

5) Biased/ Slanted news

This simply means bending the facts and details for personal gain. Political propaganda experience this kind of fake news more often.

6) Clickbait

 Many more forms of fake news can be articulated, all of them leading to a crisis every time.

What if one encounters fake news?

“This is pure speculation, the truthfulness of the same cannot be deemed without context.” This is an important thought-process one must think through while reading/watching any news information. Never believe in any information until you know that it is verified. Make sure you avoid spreading news that spreads hate. In order to follow the same, the United Nations has started a new campaign, #TakeCareBeforeYouShare. The campaign focuses on the negative impacts and consequences of fake news on a generic human being. Try to avoid biased and opinionated news. Make sure that the news you encountered doesn’t spread hate, sexism, racism.

How could one rectify and bust fake news?

The United Nations, along with starting the campaign introduced a website for verifying the news, before you share it. There are several other ways to rectify and bust a misleading information- if a certain news is about your native country, check with the official government portals and information bureau. Work with all your senses, know what you hear and how truthful a certain news can be. Inform someone with authority if you feel a certain person, or organization is spreading fake news.

Does it have devastating effects?

Fake news is just like the game we play, “Two Truths, One Lie”, except here we have no way of confirming what the lie is. There have been many instances in the history of the world where fake news has disturbed the peace and hindered the prosperity on a nation. Fake news in the world could be responsible for spreading hate, sexism, or racism. It might induce fear in a person or community. You must be diligent and aware if you encounter a fake news. It could cost someone their life, if not for you.

How is Social Media responsible for spreading fake news?

Fake news spreads faster than wildfire. And the worst part is how people react to it. In this modern age of technology and gadgets, social media has become a powerful and essential tool in every individual’s personal and professional life. Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp play a huge role in this aspect affecting all age groups across the globe. It is important that we confirm and verify the source before spreading it further.

What are we doing about it?

We, at AlShorts, are news aggregators and bring you strongly fact-checked  global news information in just under 30 seconds. We provide the users with bite-sized 60 words news, along with the ‘verified source’ for the news. We believe the essentiality of truth reaching the correct people. We know how crucial it is to make the world a better place. We tend to rectify and provide authentic information through our portals. Every human life matters, and so do you. We will play our part as we always have. All we ask of you is to report any site that conveys fake news and trust only confirmed sources. This can be your contribution in building a safer world with us.

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