False news: is it also a pandemic?

Much has been said about fake news and its social impact. In a moment of crisis like the one we are living in, this topic has become central. If you live on this planet and unless you are a complete hermit, you may have already crossed paths with fake content when reading a news story.

Social networks, advertising spaces or even the publications of people who believe in conspiracies are often the primary sources of such unsupported news. In fact, even if they try to stay more objective, conventional media also end up falling into this error on occasion, often from unreliable sources or from economic and political interests.At a sensitive time like Covid-19, the reception of fake news creates great discomfort, since it can generate panic in the population. In fact, all sectors have reliable companies that are denouncing the problem, as is the case with the BBC when it listed the type of person who is doing this type of content.Fake news can be a very serious pandemic at this time.

Come and find out who is spreading this kind of information and what their risks are.

Who is making up the news?

As we mentioned, it was the BBC that first came to know who was inventing news, and for this media, there are many people responsible for the problem.Celebrities, jokers, scammers and con artists, politicians, insiders and the creators of conspiracy theories are, according to this media, the most common types of creators.These people do not always intend to pass on wrong information to their followers, although there are - as we all know - governmental or economic interests that can motivate it. In most situations, false news is born out of deep-rooted beliefs of the creator of content. When the person who conveys his opinions and is an entity with a prominent place of speech - like someone known to the general public or someone in the sector about which he manifests - his words end up becoming relevant to his followers and taking root, spreading through social networks or in daily conversation.

What are the dangers of fake news

? For almost everyone, the idea that there are fake news simply doesn't make sense, so the tendency in receiving information is for it to be real.The realism we attribute to news is what makes these structures so powerful.

It is worth remembering that the media are capable of changing our perceptions of the world and that a news item can cause us to panic or motivate social action.Receiving bad information can be dangerous on an individual and social level and therefore the screening of good and bad information is fundamental to safety.To ensure that the information you consume is reliable it is very important that you always check the sources of the news and that you choose independent and objective media spaces.

Seth Johnson
Seth Johnson

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