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Why Should You Avoid Sharing Fake News

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What do these online news stories have in common?  They’re fake and they’re the scourge of the internet, earning rebukes and outright warnings from everyone from President Obama to Pope Francis, who recently called spreading the fake news on purpose a “sin.”

What is fake news?

The rapid propagation of fake news was the certain outgrowth of the vast and viral internet. Driven by a hunger for ad dollars or with a particular axe to grind, fake news authors increased mostly unchecked in all corners of the internet, making money from innocent readers who are exhibited to their revenue generated ads after stumbling onto their attention-grabbing, click-inducing headlines 


Fake news runs the range from unmitigated lies, to stories that are somewhat true but intentionally include some misinformation. Some “fake news” from parody sites like the Onion is all in good fun and, scattered on the site, there is almost always a declaration that this is a joke, not news. Of course, there is always the probability of a mistake in a genuine article, either caused by sloppy reporting or just a mistake or omission from a responsible journalist. In most cases, those mistakes will be fixed or revealed once the newsgroup becomes aware of the error. What all fake news has in common is that it was written intentionally to deceive.


It isn't new and not just political:

Fake news has been around for a long time and it’s not just based on politics. ConnectSafely has been addressing this issue for years, mostly around so-called “urban myths”. More recently "millions of people were exposed to a rumor related to demonetization and Micro Chip found in 2000 ₹ Note" although no such news was officially declared by PMO or RBI, yet the story was widely shared across Indian internet users through social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp groups, Facebook Messenger and much more. some people going so far as to paste in a bogus legal disclaimer that they wrongly believed that they are supporting Government by Spreading their words to every corner of the nation. 

Why fake news is bad for Society? 

Fake news is an issue that affects all of us, especially considering its ability to twirl public opinion and even flash violence, as in Washington, DC where a man shot a rifle in a pizza restaurant after reading a completely fabricated story that the restaurant was the center of a Hillary Clinton-affiliated child pornography ring. Fortunately, no one was harmed, but it could have been fatal.



Fake news can cause people to make bad decisions, Especially during the time when Elections to be held in the Indian States, such as voting for or against a candidate or an issue based on false information. It can also strengthen intolerant views in India & World. 

Finally being fixed:

The good news is that fake news is finally being discussed and fixed. Facebook has recently initiated a program to enable users to report fake news, which is then analyzed by fact-checking organizations. The social media giant won’t take a story down or even prevent users from spreading it, but they will put up a warning telling you that the story has been disputed by independent fact-checkers.


What you can do?

Facebook’s new policy is a good first step, but all of us have a role to play because fake news concerns everyone.  Ethical Hackers Club too has started an initiative to inform about Fake News in our Cyber Awareness Program. 



  • Spreading fake news is almost as bad as creating it. So, you should avoid spreading fake news. No one wants to be called as a “liar,” but if you spread fake news without checking the facts, that’s pretty much what you’re doing, even if you didn’t mean to lie.
  • You can also report it using Facebook’s tool or directly submit the link to Ethical Hackers Club's Report Fake Section, Make sure you include a link to any fact checking source so that people can see why you believe it’s fake.
  • educate your friends and family — and especially children — about the presence and danger of fake news. Talk about it when and wherever possible. share these tips and ask others if they know of examples of fake news.

How to Decide if it's fake?

  • If you see anything that looks like it might not be true, spend a couple of minutes doing some research before passing it on or simply head on to our Fact News Section, You can even submit it for reviews from our Team. It’s easy and you’ll feel better knowing that you’re helping to expose a myth.
  • Fake news often plays into particular fears or beliefs, like those stories about WhatsApp profile picture & ISIS or demonetization Rumors. If a story appears particularly one-sided or individually critical of a person or idea, it could very well be fake.
  • Photos can be stolen and placed in fake news stories to give them the feel of real ones. They can also be “photoshopped” to put people in situations or places where they have never actually been. If a photo seems suspicious, do a reverse image search.
  • Check out the site’s About section. Satirical sites will make their mission clear.

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