Because Facebook and Twitter timelines move so quickly, viewers don’t often verify what they’ve seen.
A great deal of content is also spread through images and memes, which may or may not be based on valid information.
Of course, most fake news stories don’t tell you that they’re fake.
There are now several categories of what might be called fake news sites.
In some cases, false information can have a strong impact on society.
During the previous election, for example, many questionable or fake news stories circulated.The problem, however, is that on social media many people just glance at headlines and share links.Many websites publish fake news simply as clickbait.The 2016 presidential election, however, gave us many examples of this problem.Social media has made it very easy to spread information quickly.These may be extreme right wing, left wing or conspiracy sites.Many of these sites aren’t very discerning about publishing “news” stories that back their point of view.A professor named Melissa Zimdars recently published a controversial list of fake news sites.This list mentions several categories of fake news sites that are often linked to on Facebook.Of course, any such list is bound to be incomplete, as new sites are constantly appearing.In some cases, there’s also a question of who is qualified to determine what is real and what is fake.