Fake News: You Can’t Believe Everything You Read

Edgar Allan Poe once said to believe none of what you hear in America, and only half of what you see. Made-up or fake news is nothing new, however, it can now spread quickly via social media. It’s up to us to critically evaluate news stories before “liking,” “sharing,” “tweeting” or otherwise engaging with them.

Largely, print newspapers have already had their audience transition to a digital format. When asked, about their preference of reading, watching, or listening to the news, 80% of people who say they prefer to read the news say they prefer the web.  Between 2016 and 2017, the shift has been older people moving away from TV and to the web. The rise in digital and decline in TV is largely coming from older populations.

Most Americans feel fake news is hazardous. Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say fabricated news stories cause confusion about issues and events, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

About 16 percent of Americans in the Pew survey said they had unintentionally shared a story they later realized was false. Remember this bizarre story that surfaced during the last presidential election? There is a child sex ring operating in the basement of a pizza shop in Washington, D.C. and Hillary Clinton is controlling the ring. If you’re not sure whether a story is real, feed it through a debunking site such as factcheck.org, Snopes.com, and Politifact.com. For more tips, Fat Check.org offers a video guide of the advice we detailed in our report“How to Spot Fake News.”

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