The issue of fake news rose to the forefront during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, when it was reported that over 100 websites were created to disseminate false information about American politics by a group of enterprising Macedonian teenagers. Even though fake news and hoaxes have existed for many years, been around for many years, the 2016 elections seemed to expand the proliferation increase the awareness of fake news among the American public. Evaluating information has never been more important.
The information contained on these websites were shared hundreds of thousands of times by Facebook and other social media users who naturally believed it to be true.
It looked real and no one would ever dare to post wrong or misleading information on the Internet!!!
Did everyone who shared these fake news stories believe what they read? Did all this fake news influence the voting electorate?
Making an informed decision requires accurate information from credible and reliable sources. Decisions made with wrong or inaccurate information are often regrettable.
Sharing information with out critically evaluating it contributes to the proliferation of fake news and may even severely damage your credibility. Anyone can get fooled by fake news, because of how it is presented, but the more fake news you share the less credible you will appear.