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FAKE NEWS – A MENACE TO SOCIETY

Over the past two decades social media has become one of the most powerful sources of information. It facilitates free and seamless inter and cross-border communication and enables information to travel fast and wide. It also builds and destroys individuals and institutions, and promotes or demotes merchandise in a way never seen before.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and others are now the new media. While in the past people had to wait hours, sometimes days, to know what was happening around them, things have now dramatically changed. Citizen journalists, armed with no more than a smartphone, are able to break news to millions of people around the world in real time and keep stories alive with pictures and videos.This form of communication is a boon to users and consumers but is also a source of pain, anguish and disappointment for many.Fake news has permeated social media so much so that a new cliché has been born: ‘don’t believe anything you read on the internet’.
Fiction disguised as news has saturated the social networks – distorting facts and spreading propaganda, innuendos and lies, sometimes with serious consequences in politics, government and business.
Producers of fake news engage in mischief and spin information to please, hurt or damage reputations, or simply just to drive traffic. Fake newsmakers “sex” their stories to attract likes and spur social discourse, and photo-shop images to legitimize their stories.  For more CLICK HERE