Fake news isn't limited to tabloids anymore. With the rise of social media, fake news is spreading faster and further than ever before--with real consequences. In fact, the World Economic Forum ranks massive digital misinformation among the top future global risks, along with water supply crises, major systemic financial failures, and failure to adapt to climate change. This guide will help you learn to identify and avoid sharing fake news.
You may not be looking for fake news but you're probably still seeing it. It's hard to avoid on social media. Because fake news is often designed to elicit an emotional response, it goes viral quickly--often more quickly than real news. People don't just believe fake news stories, they share them... which is what fake news creators are banking on. Whether the motives are political, humorous, or monetary, fake news writers want their lies to spread! YOU can help stop them!
Chart shows mainstream news decreases from 12 million engagements from February through April to 9 million engagements from May to July, and to 7.3 million engagements from August through Election Day. Fake news engagements rose from just below 3 million engagements in February through April to just above 3 million engagements from May to July and 8.7 million engagements from August through Election Day, exceeding the number of mainstream news engagements. (Engagement refers to the total number of shares, reactions, and comments for a piece of content on Facebook. Source: Facebook data via Buzzsumo.)
|Headline/Publisher||Engagements (Engagement is measured as a total number of shares, reactions and comments)|
|"Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President"/Ending the Fed||960,000|
|“Wikileaks CONFIRMS Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS…Then Drops Another Bombshell! Breaking News”/The Political Insider||789,000|
|“IT’S OVER: Hillary’s ISIS Email Just Leaked & It’s Worse Than Anyone Could Have Imagined”/Ending the Fed||754,000|
|“Just Read the Law: Hillary is Disqualified from Holding Any Office”/Ending the Fed||701,000|
|“FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead in Apartment Murder-Suicide”/Denver Guardian||567,000|
Source: Buzzsumo via Buzzfeed in StatistaCharts