A fascinating post by Nicholas Rossis on the origins of Fake News, and what the big social media sites are putting in place. But you might be interested as I was at the age group responsible for not just believing the fake news but passing it along.. Do follow the link to read the whole article.. very informative.. thanks Sally.
If you haven’t heard the term “fake news” yet, please come out from under that rock and join the rest of us. As for the rest, you will no doubt be aware that fake news has been linked to extremist politics, social division, mob violence, and crime.
As writers, we know the power of words. That’s why I’m sharing some interesting news on fake news and the moves against it, courtesy of Mike Elgan and Computer World.
Who’s to blame?
Old people. No, seriously. A new study found that Facebook users over the age of 65 are far more likely to share fake news than younger users. The reasons for this include a lack of digital media literacy by people who didn’t grow up with the internet and age-related cognitive decline.
China’s WeChat found similar results on that network and also concluded that country folk are more likely to share fake news than city slickers.
Where does fake news come from?
Please head over to Nicholas’s blog to read the rest of the post.