Why do we believe fake news?

We live in an era of excess the different information. Today it is difficult to imagine a person who never heard anything about fake news. The English word translated as fake fake fake. But how to understand which news are true and which are not? Danish scientists Vincent Hendricks and Pelle Hansen called the era of fake news “information storm” or a storm of info. But really the reason that the many trust the false information, lies exclusively in stories about human folly and unreasonableness? Let’s try to figure it out.

A large amount of information makes it difficult to find truthful information

What is fake news?

Fake, that is false, fake news is the information or informational product which is partially or completely absent truthful information. In the past false news that was printed in the Newspapers, was called “duck”. It has always been that they are incredibly quickly spread.

However, if the newspaper ducks were often ordinary thing or spread deliberately create fake news today are found even in the most respected media.

Why are we to believe the false news?

As claimed by Hendricks and Hansen, when we do not have sufficient information in order to see the whole picture or if we don’t want to check anything or there’s no time, we look at the reaction of others. Logically, when we know very little about anything, we are interested to know the opinion of those who are close to us. Researchers report that often the personal beliefs of others can indicate what is really going on. Especially if we believe that our environment well versed in a particular issue. But do not forget that not all people in our communities are the experts on all issues.

In the past it was easier to understand what the news is “duck” and what is not

Experts believe that the reason the credibility of fake news, perhaps, lies in the fact that today many do not understand how information spreads on the Internet. And don’t check the facts. What do you think, what other reasons contribute to the credibility of fake news? To discuss these and other pressing questions related to the fake news in our Telegram chat.

How to understand that you are telling the truth?

The best way to combat fake news scientists call the ability to think critically. Recall that critical thinking is a way of thinking in which a person is questioned not only their own beliefs, but also any incoming information. Today, however, the fake news has changed so much that even professionals working in major media, are not always able to distinguish truth from fiction.

Social networks are gradually turning the problem of false news in the threat

The situation worsened with the advent of social networking. Today, anyone can share with their friends any information. So you can think of any story to add a bit of real events and issue everything at face value. And social networks are very often used as a way of increasing and attracting the audience. So the louder and brighter news — the more people visit your page. This brings us to the next method, allowing to distinguish true information from false — fake news is often “shoot” — that is spread on social networks instantly.

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This is because the average reader likely will miss the regular news culture and economy, but will definitely pass on the link with a catchy and unusual title.

Readers love interesting stories, that to them come in to help the creators of fake news. So carefully read the headers. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel at Yandex.Zen, there you will find only verified information.

Well, of course, check the information. Best thing to do is always. Yes, in search of primary sources takes time, but if important information that caught your eye, not credible — you know what to do.

And you check the information or trust the opinions of others?

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