There are so many things that are right with the internet….. from easy access, sharing stories among friends, to getting real time updates on tragic events, not to mention, communicating with the world. There are so many benefits to this technology, but in the same breath, there are so many pitfalls that grate on many nerves.
The biggest pitfalls are FEAR mongering & FAKE news articles….the sad thing is that there is a lot of it out there. I don’t know what to believe any more. I have many family/friends drinking the “kool-aid” from phony sites. So much so, that I have stopped following many of them, on social media, because they are spreading stories with out knowing the facts behind them. I truly believe that the attention span of everybody is next to none. Nobody takes the time to fully read articles or “read between the lines”. They just pounce on the content that suits them or their agenda.
Facebook is the biggest purveyor of fake news and the ascendance of it has bloomed in the last couple of months. From fake news stories to users pushing their own beliefs, by spreading false claims…. it has stained the immediacy and media credibility.
I am at the point now, that I check every important news story to filter its claims of legitimacy. Most negative conspiracy’s are born through fake news sites. Please take time to differentiate between the parody sites and the legit ones.
The good news is that Facebook has begun to fight back and is screening incoming news threads to weed out the fake ones. Google Chrome has a new option from Slate that has created a new tool for internet users to identify, debunk, and—most importantly—combat the proliferation of bogus stories. Conceived and built by Slate developers, with input and oversight from Slate editors, it’s a Chrome browser extension called… This Is Fake… and you can download and install it for free either on its home page or in the Chrome web store. The only good news is real news!