The fake news problem on social media

by Elodie Tremblay on Février 7, 2018 - 11:21am

Recently, a new article went out on social media, commenting about fake news, more specifically on Facebook. This article is called “Facebook is trading fake news for local news” (http://bgr.com/2018/01/29/facebook-fake-news-local-news/). It was written by Chris Mills, a news editor, and was published on January 29th, 2018.

In this article, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, announces that modifications will be made soon on his social media. Facebook is known for its diversity, allowing people to share photos, messages, ideas and articles. With time, there are less publications made by real people, and many more articles published by pages or companies to encourage users to click on the link, that somehow provides automatically a small amount of money to the publisher. To manipulate Facebook’s users, these pages and companies use compelling titles and photos. They use news that are often uncertified or fake. It causes a big problem for Facebook, making the social media look unsafe. Mark Zuckerberg decided to focus on filtering fake news and posting more local news. He wants to stop media organizations from creating fake news to get more clicks. There will now be more stories from local sources, instead of made-up stories from uncertified sources. According to the article, Mark wants people to be more concerned about their local issues and be more aware of what is going on in their community.

Personally, I think that the article I read is credible. It is easy to verify, because there are many sources mentioned in the text, such as Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Facebook account. The author is also a known news writer. There is nothing abnormal that could make me think the article is fake.

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