It all began during the Presidential Campaigns in the Fall of 2016 when some teens in Macedonia made money from fake news stories written as clickbait to draw people in to fake-news sites with titles like “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President.”, “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead of Apparent Murder-Suicide.”, and “Rush Reveals Michelle’s Perverted Past After She Dumps on Trump.” (Pogue)
The problem is that most people shared these stories over social media where "44 percent of U.S. adults get their news from Facebook." (Pogue)
You may say, "Can't Facebook be responsible for allowing this fake news?" The problem is deeper than that. “Identifying the ‘truth’ is complicated,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in response to the phenomenon of fake news. “While some hoaxes can be completely debunked, a greater amount of content, including from mainstream sources, often gets the basic idea right but some details wrong or omitted. An even greater volume of stories express opinions that many will disagree with and flag as incorrect even when factual.” (Pogue)
Another issue, according to Janelle Hagen, Middle School Librarian in Seattle, is that students were used to sorting fact from fiction while doing their research. They now need lessons to cover daily life. She, and other librarians, are "helping students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives [. . .] in an era in which fake news is a constant." (Large)
Large, Jerry. "Librarians Take Up Arms Against Fake News." The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company, 05 Feb. 2017. Web. 09 Mar. 2017
Pogue, David. "How To Stamp Out Fake News." Scientific American 316.2 (2017): 24. Environment Complete. Web. 31 Jan. 2017.
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