The Extent to Fake News in North America

by angela123 on February 13, 2018 - 2:55pm

This news article jumps right to the point when stating in its headline that it will be addressing fake news, regarding a train that hit a garbage truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. A passenger in the garbage truck died. However, just 65 minutes after this article was posted, a fully-fledged conspiracy theory was launched and promoted on twitter. The conspiracy states that the train crash featured republican members of the U.S congress, and it was a false flag orchestrated by the Deep State, in an attempt to avoid the release of FISA abuse. The deep state is a group of people who are typically influential members of government agencies, that believe to be involved in the secret manipulation of government policy.


In his article, “When a train hit the garbage truck in Virginia, the fake news sites pounced”, Patrick Cain states that “YourNewsWire” which is the account spreading this fake conspiracy’s has been one of the more cheerfully shameless of the new fake sites. This show that it’s an account that holds a reputation of spreading misleading and non-trustworthy information. The internet has recently gained a new reputation for a source of fake news that both manipulates and negatively influences the general populations into believing concepts and ideas that are far-fetched from the actual reality. Throughout North America, there are false posts displayed on the internet as well as social medias (Twitter and Facebook), that allegedly manipulate the populations perception of different ideas.


Patrick Cain works at the investigative data desk at in Toronto. His job requires him to use maps and interactives such as, words where necessary to tell stories. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Ryerson University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from University of Toronto, this shows his reliability when detecting fake news. After reading Cain’s article, I now know the importance behind verifying the sources you read. Now a day you can’t just “assume” anything is real, whether it’s an image or an article. Now, more than ever the saying “don’t believe everything you see on the internet”, is the exact representation of our new digital era we are living. This article being proof that just over an hour after a major crash happened, accusations are flying all over the internet.



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In your summary, you mention that an event was narrated and interpreted in an inappropriate way, the facts of which were modified by social networks. I like that you made a link between this event and the reality of the fake news, a real problem for today's society. By using this news to describe the phenomenon of fake news, your text is more interesting. The reader clearly understands the information given. The way you wrote your text, makes the content intriguing. The comments you mentioned help to make readers aware of the reliability of the source of an article. I agree with you, I think that checking if the source is reliable is very important, since the fake news are more and more numerous on unreliable websites.

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