Ultimate Guide to Fake News on the Internet
If you spent any manner of time on the Internet in 2016, you probably noticed the term “fake news” being thrown around. It seems that the events of 2016 helped fuel an epidemic of the writing, posting, and sharing of articles posing as factual news releases. In reality, they were nothing more than clickbait attempts at generating revenue through the spreading of nearly unbelievable stories that captivated the emotions of many.
It’s never fun when you read something awe-inspiring online and then find out later that you were tricked into believing something entirely untrue. It’s also embarrassing when you share the latest “breaking news” – showing your friends that you’re one of the first people in the know – and then that news ends up being fake. Your reputation could take a hit, and in the future, people you connect with will tend not to believe your stories.
So how do you combat this? There are people who make their livings by posting and promoting fake news online, and they try their hardest to get you to believe in what they’re writing. So how are you to possibly know if a news source is legitimate or not? In this guide, we’ll cover absolutely everything you need to know about identifying and avoiding fake news. We’ll explain what it is (and what it isn’t), give you tips for how to recognize and avoid it, explain Facebook’s controversy with fake news, and identify 27 of the worst websites that are spreading false news – so you’ll know to steer clear of them from now on.