In recent news, from Business Insider online news article, it is said that YouTube will now take steps to ensure that when there is big news getting into big headlines, it will make sure it steers its viewers to the most "authoritative sources" as mentioned by Business Insider. As an avid social media user, there is so much about politics, gang violence, police shootings, murders, and different laws that are found all over the different social media platforms claiming that they are relevant news. There are even websites who host these 'fake news' posts just to have a fun play with sarcasm, false news, trying to stir up some controversy just for laughs, giggles, and also to make their pockets fatter. Let's face it. Present day world loves DRAMA. If it is all hunky dory all the time, it will be plain boring. A great example of this is 'reality' TV shows. I am not saying at all that all reality TV shows are not showing real reality, but when you have the people starred in the 'reality' TV shows having the ability to edit how they are portrayed or cutting out scenes they don't want seen that show their reality, is it fair to call it a 'reality' TV show? Yet, real or not, these networks and TV personalities are making lots and lots of money from viewers all over the world because there is DRAMA in these 'reality' TV shows.
In the reality of knowing how easy it is to influence minds in today's day and age through drama, captivating videos, it is quite frightening to know that there are those people who can create 'fake' news who take advantage and sway people in society to supporting something that they portray as something good, but in reality its quite the opposite. These people creating these 'real' news posts are the current day propaganda creators and they are using a powerful tool nowadays, technology. It's easier to reach the mass and much more easy to also influence many minds. This is dangerous. With many out there that exist to create fake news, it can be a tool that can sway how voters vote this year.
Youtube a huge platform where a lot of news is shared, is stepping up to make sure that quality news sources are the ones who get the attention. I feel that with so much 'news' out there being shared, we as readers NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SOURCES ARE A TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE.
Imagine if you are a business owner, restaurant owner, these fake news sources have great power to create false news claims on your business or restaurant. They have the power to suade consumers to not trust your crediblity as a business or restaurant owner. No matter what business or restaurant you have, you need to do what you can to inform others about how much fake news is out there.
If this kind of power from creating fake news is working and influencing many minds, imagine if there is a law that hurts your business and it was voted upon and passed due to fake news propaganda.
REAL NEWS IS BETTER THAN FAKE NEWS. READERS BEWARE. CHECK YOUR SOURCES.
Thank you for reading!