Fake News

Jordan Larsen, Web Editor

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Functioning members of society try to spread true information and news, but large masses of people find it funny to mess around and feed people misinformation. As events become more important, more people are attracted to see what it is all about, which can mean fake news, and potentially harmful information spreads fast. Misinformation is spread by large groups of people in a community such as 4Chan or  social media,  from people who poke fun at those who believe it.
Uncountable false news stories online circulate, some ranging from harmless to almost lethal, and some simply call people to their feet for nothing. For instance, a Facebook group who call themselves “Animal Rights Warriors” posted a video of an injured monkey in a cage and a video, claiming that the monkey was injured due to testing from company L’Oreal. Many people who were called to their feet by this to start something quickly realized that the company no longer tests ingredients on animals. In fact, the company stopped animal testing in 1989, 14 years before regulation required them to stop.  Most of these fake news stories are avoided by using resources online, a practice that even Harvard University recommends.

iPhone news is quite an attraction for people to mess with, such as the news story four years ago created and perpetuated by members of 4Chan saying that updating your device to iOS 7 would make your phone waterproof. Because of this news, thousands of these devices were broken.

If common sense is out of the question, there are different resources people can use to make sure the information they are receiving is true, such as the website Snopes.com, which is designed to sift the fake news out of the hordes of information, leaving less of a chance for people to believe in something would that cause hundreds of dollars in damages and traffic disruptions. Users of this site suffer from  much less  wasted time and money than those who do not.

Although there is still no chance this would not stop these communities and people from attempting to mess with the masses, if websites like  Snopes.com become popular, the amount of people affected will drop, and the rest of the world can give them judging looks the next time they drill through a speaker in their iPhone 7 to find a  headphone jack that does not exist.

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Fake News