Fake News Epidemic

Annabelle Brown, Journalist

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Fake news sites, sources, and advertisements have been popping up everywhere, and it’s no surprise either. Take Facebook, for example. Hundreds of fake news stories have been popping up on sites like Facebook, or Google, and lead people to believe what they hear is true. A recent example of this fake news epidemic took place in August of this year. Rodrigo Duterte, the 16th president of the Philippines, was “acclaimed by NASA” as the “best president in the world.” Word of this news spread over Facebook and took flight, triggering a flood of comments praising Duterte, or calling out the hoax. Another example of this faux- news plague, can be found in an article on NPR. A well known fake news site has made extravagant claims such as the Clinton family being dead, or that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump during the 2016 election. In my opinion, fake news is a giant problem for the media, but there are always multiple sides to a story. Or better yet, what’s your opinion on this misinformation situation going on?

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