October 25, 2019
Published by: Snenhlanhla Ndudula
During this modern age there has been a rapid increase of fake news online. However, it is important to note
that fake news is not new, it has been around even during the early days of print media, but was amplified
more now because of digital media. The topic also came under the spotlight even more in 2017.
What is fake news?
Fake news is news that is created purposely to misinform and deceive readers. It causes confusion,
influences the public’s views, and pushes political agenda. Mostly people who benefit from this are online
publishers, as the internet is a hub of information that the whole world is dependent on for news.
Before going digital, traditionally we received our news from reliable sources, and journalist’s that followed a
strict code of conduct for journalism. However, the internet has now opened an avenue for information and
news to be published and shared, sometimes with minimal regulation and editorial standards.
Social media has also played a part in fuelling fake news because of its characteristics such as speed,
magnifying popular topics and novelty, ability to publish anything online and reaching large audiences.
Furthermore, with factors like lack of understanding about how the internet works and information overload
online, determining fake news online and on social sites has now become a difficult task.
We have put together a number of pointers that can help you analyse news or content online. These
are the various types of news you should be aware of:
We have also compiled a list of ways to assist you determine what is fake and credible news: