Countering Fake News, Types of Fake News and How to fight it

/Countering Fake News, Types of Fake News and How to fight it
Countering Fake News, Types of Fake News and How to fight it2018-05-25T10:19:39+00:00

Fake News. What about it?

In general, fake news refers to the spreading of false information based on non-existent or distorted data which is meant to deceive and manipulate the reader, on digital online platforms or in the traditional media.

Pope Francis explains why fake news is prevalent:

“The effectiveness of fake news is primarily due to its ability to mimic real news, to seem plausible. Secondly, this false but believable news is “captious”, inasmuch as it grasps people’s attention by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration.

The ability to spread such fake news often relies on a manipulative use of the social networks and the way they function. Untrue stories can spread so quickly that even authoritative denials fail to contain the damage.”

 ► Pope Francis, 2018 World Communications Day Message

Identify the Types of Fake News

Platforms or mediums in which fake news may be circulated

  1. Via Email
  2. Via Messaging Platforms (eg. Whatsapp, Telegram, Line, Viber, WeChat, Facebook Messenger and many more)
  3. Via Social Media Post (eg. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and many more)
  4. Via Mainstream media (eg. published newspaper and their online social media platforms)
  5. Via Alternative media (eg. blogs, alternative news sites)

Types and Forms of Fake news

  1. Video
  2. Illustrations
  3. Doctored Photos
  4. Written Word in the form of a post
  5. Short Messages via messaging platforms

Fake news is not a newly invented word or thing

“Fake news” is not new: an exhibit in Brussels calls on visitors to see a parallel in Nazi Germany.

The exhibit in the halls of European Parliament focuses on how the Nazi party used propaganda and the media to help Adolf Hitler win power in Germany.

Fake news can be circulated through many mediums and can come in many types.

► BRUSSELS (Reuters)

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How to Fight Fake News

Have you forwarded messages from people whom you know and trust, without first verifying it?

Pope Francis mentioned that “none of us can feel exempted from the duty of countering these falsehoods.” With the widespread of fake news and its subtlety, we need to learn to interpret the news we receive and where to access real information. To be discerning, rather than unwittingly contributing to the spread of disinformation. 

Here’s How

Let us do our part to seek and proclaim the truth!