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The rise of fake news from social media

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Fake news has been one of the most toxic products that have caused citizens to be impulsive. The usage “fake news” happens a lot from social media and has surged in the mainstream news recently. People are motivated by providing fake news because the articles that go viral on social media help bring in advertising revenue. Since 2016, the most popular fake news stories are from social media like Facebook, compared to the top mainstream news stories. They spread from social media because many of the people who see the news believe it when it comes from a trusting friend on the internet.

Around the time of the U.S. presidential election in November 2016 is the time that fake news peaked. Ever since, many have expressed concern about the effects of false stories. Using the media as leverage, it has been said that fake news helped swing the election in Donald Trump’s favor, which caused him to win. Majority of the stories tended to favor Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton with example headlines such as “Pope backs Trump”, “Hillary sold weapons to ISIS”, “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead.” Even though these are conspiracy theories, maybe this is the reason why Trump is our president today.

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