The latest elections in the USA brought the Fake News back under the spotlight. Existing since the time of early politics and diplomacy, this phenomenon developed more and more together with the unstoppable growth of Facebook and other social media networks. Today there are almost 2 billion users registered to Mark Zuckerberg’s network. And if we look at the numbers, we see that 75% of the Americans and Europeans say that Facebook is the main channel where they encounter fake news.
How Facebook withstands misinformation
With more and more complaints coming their way, Facebook tries to take action. Unfortunately, they haven’t been very successful in their attempt so far. They are in the testing period and are promoting these days an educational tool through which users can identify Fake News. It’s rather a resource-aware option from the Facebook Help Center. A small step, I would say. Find more details here.
Google’s Fact Check option
Not only Facebook is now pressed against the wall fo the easy takeover of invented news. Google is also a “partisan”. To conclude, the two big players are now the main source of information for all of us. And they complement each other very well. On Facebook, we see what our friends say. On Google, we find what others say.
Google, after a period of testing, has decided to make available to all users an option called Fact Check, which allows publishers to display the “Verified” label next to the news. Find more details here.
What is your method of identifying fake news and avoid misinformation? Do you have trusted sources or you just surf randomly around the web searching for the information you need? Let us know in a comment. Thanks!