‘Digital Gold Rush in Veles!’
Veles is a city in the central part of the Republic of Macedonia on the Vardar river. Veles has 55,000 residents. It’s just a small, ordinary village. But if you enter into cafe, you‘ll be surprised. Cafes is Veles swarmed with young people. They are not just ‘young people’. They are all in their late teens to early 20s. But they are wearing brand-name clothes and expensive watch. ‘Digital Gold Rush in Veles!‘ These are protagonists of ‘Fake News’ affair that made headlines in the world’s leading media in mid-December last year. These made favorable news about Donald Trump, but they made a malicious rumor about Hillary Clinton. All news is absurd but it is so even more provocative enough to spur curiosity.
Four of the five most successful posts from the Macedonian sites BuzzFeed News identified are false. They include the false claim that the pope endorsed Trump, and the false claim that Mike Pence said Michelle Obama is the “most vulgar first lady we’ve ever had.” Those four posts together generated more than 1 million shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.(https://www.buzzfeed.com)
Everything is only for ad revenue. These little monkey dig down into mind of people who hope that the Republican candidates are elected but doubt Trump’s qualifications. It’s called the confirmation bias. They can justify themselves by watching this news. Countless people can’t help but click the ‘Fake News’.
That’ll learn you, right? You now know what ‘Fake News‘ is. What do you feel? Clever? Is it a bad thing? Do you want to do? I like fake news only if it is just a joke of kids. But If there is a strong impact, what do you think?
Apple Boss ‘Tim Cook’ said Fake News is “killing people’s minds”
Tim Cook said Fake news is killing people’s minds and a large campaign is needed to combat this problem. His saying is below.
“We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth.”
“It’s killing people’s minds in a way.”
“All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news,” he said
Also it is hard to find out news producer. Even if you find out them, it is hard to punish. If there are no provisions of punishment in their countries, this affair is not the crime itself. So websites like ‘Factcheck’, ‘Politifact’,‘Snopes.com’ are created fast to verify the facts.
The deluge of information : Need eyes that can see the truth
First, you must be careful of ‘confirmation bias’. People see only things that they want to see. ‘Obedience to Authority’ also play a role in wrong choice. It is easy to follow media than to verify. So we must fight our laziness. In fact, The truth is even difficult to see. There are many what we know. So, what is the truth and what isn’t? It’s up to you. 🙂
In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it. – Samuel Johnson