Fake news is a growing problem globally. There have been countless reports of fake news articles and websites popping up online, which have led to many new business models. While some people may see this as an opportunity, others are concerned that the spread of fake news will hurt actual journalism and news reporting.
Impact on Social Media Platforms
When fake news stories go viral on Facebook or other social media platforms, it can be difficult for users to determine which stories are true and which ones are not. It has led to many people feeling like they can’t trust any news report at all, which has caused them to stop reading newspapers or watching television news programs altogether.
Creation of Distrust between Politicians and Journalists
Politicians often accuse journalists of writing biased stories about them and their policies — whether these accusations are true or not — which creates distrust between politicians and journalists that make it difficult for them to work together effectively.
Fake news has the potential to harm and ruin many current and future professional careers. At times, journalists are tempted to post unverified stories to avoid getting scooped. The overall effect of this pressure is a general decline in the news sphere.