Every day, thousands of Kenyans knowingly or unknowingly share fake news stories on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
A couple of years ago, the term “fake news” wasn’t commonplace. However, today, the fake news social phenomenon is regarded as one of the latest threats to democracy, free debate and in general the world order.
Two decades ago, a headline that would have been forgotten in a couple of days, can now be shared and liked among dozens of social media platforms in every corner of the world. Identifyingfalse informationis tricky.
Fake news is news in which part or all the information is misleading, overly sensational, or just fabricated. This means that a crazy headline with a weird spin on a real report can be considered fake news. Most people don’t even bother to read the whole article before sharing, so headlines are a significant component of fake news.
According to Daily Infographic, human behaviorimpacts what’s shared. Social media outlets have been put under the spotlight. Some platforms are taking measures to counter the impact fake news could have on politics around the world.
Below is an infographic giving a complete guide to fake news.
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