Social Media is plaguing us with fake news, can we spot it?

Social Media is plaguing us with fake news, can we spot it?

Social Media is plaguing us with fake news, can we spot it?

Fake news on social media is certainly a big problem these days, especially now that we are in the throws of another presidential election,  but Americans are definitely aware of the issue, with most people confident they won’t be duped.

A new survey finds that 97% of Americans believe they can spot fake news on social media, and that’s regardless of what side of the political spectrum they may be on, with 92% of liberals, 94% of moderates and 94% of conservatives all sure they can spot a fake story.

As for where fake news is most prevalent, it seems Facebook is the worst, with 70% of people saying they’ve spotted a fake story on the platform in the past month, followed by:

  • Twitter (54%)
  • YouTube (47%)
  • Reddit (43%)
  • Instagram (40%)

But even though people know there will be fake news on social media, it isn’t stopping them from using it. In fact, 53% of people say the possibility of fake news won’t stop them from going on Facebook, with only 1% of people willing to delete the site because of it.

Call BS, difficult to tell anything is fake, I mean you could see a healdine on FB and be like, wait.. Really? Trump’s fingers are really made from cheetos and Obama’s wasn’t even born on Earth? The only way to REALLY know if a story is fake is to see if there are multiple RELIABLE sources, check snopes, and know which news base is biased.. Without being biased yourself…. Easier said than done.

Source: The Manifest

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