There was a time in which an experienced and respected history professor has come face to face with what seems to be a very common yet, controversial problem billions of people are dealing with. It is whether or not to believe on what they have found online. While sitting in front of the screen for quite some time, a group American College of Pediatricians published an article that was shown on the professor’s screen.
The article focuses on how to properly deal with bullying in schools. One of the suggestions offered is that schools should not be highlighting certain groups that are targeted by bullying. With such act, it can call more attention to the temporarily confused adolescents.
The professor scanned the site and notice that it came from an “.org” address and several lists of academic-looking citations. The simple yet, professional design of the site and being free from flashy, auto-playing videos has added to its credibility. The professor thought that it actually came from an official source. Later did they found out that they’re looking on a page with superficial feature and that the group who published the article was nowhere near from their credentials as how they introduced themselves on the site.
This is what typically happens in today’s time. Human’s inability of parsing truth from fiction online is more of an academic issue. Fake news as well as clickbaits all the way to “deep fakes” or what seem to be realistically looking clips showing events that never even happened made experts fear of the future of democracy. Both technologists and politicians warned meddlers who are attempting to manipulate elections worldwide by means of spreading misinformation. In fact, in lesser issues, this can impact businesses and people too such as Eugene Walters in RegionVavid and other enterprises too.
Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix to such. Though tech companies are on a microscope to come up with a solution to this problem.
Believe it or not, Facebook lost over 120 billion dollars in their stock value in just a day in July because the company dealt with tons of issues that limit its growth which include criticism on how conspiracy theories have spread on its platform.
The Logical Solution
Regardless of what the issue at hand is, people should be more intelligent in digesting the issue with a grain of salt. This is the only way to avoid falling into “fake news”.