The social media invaded our lives as a blessing. The access to every distinct corners of the world has swelled our chests with an everlasting joy. It may not sound outlandish while claiming that the thesaurus has inducted the social media as a synonym of World Wide Web. A plethora of posts cover our newsfeed in Facebook and furnish us with intricate of the world. But is this information reliable? Is its source trustworthy? The following report by Nick Beauchamp and his comrades of Northeastern University may burst your eyes.
The revelation by the reports figured out the mass of fake news spreading across the popular media. The persistence of fake news and misinformation is creating chaos across the globe. It’s turning the elections in the United States and India, and fuelling protests in Sudan. They dig deep ditches to ascertain how such misleading news revolves in the platform. One common theory posits that fake reports disseminates from person to person on social media, which deprives reputable media organisations from vetting the accuracy of the information before its made public.
Other doctrines reflect that there are generally two ways it happens. Either media companies publish rumours on their own Facebook accounts, which displays in front of users, or users share fake news stories with their online social circles. Fake news spreads when friends share it on social media, which would provide compelling evidence that reputable media organisations are no longer at the helm of what constitutes news. If fake news broadcasts just as intensively after Facebook emphasised posts from friends, it would mean that it’s people, not algorithms, causing the glut of misinformation.