Fake News is nothing new and has been going on since time began!
With the introduction of mass news with the invention of the printing press, and the massive up-rise in news being created and fed via social media, the growth of the term ‘Fake News’ and the actual production of Fake News stories has grown exponentially in recent years:
- The term ‘Fake News’ is searched for in web browsers 70.8-118 thousand times a month.
- #fakenews has over 251.2k mentions on Twitter
- In 2017 Donald Trump mentioned the term ‘Fake News’ in public correspondence, 320 times!
Not only has the volume of Fake News grown, but also the speed that it spreads. However, maybe there is a way we can slow it down:
Kiely, E. (2018) Trump’s Phony ‘Fake News’ Claims. Available at: https://www.factcheck.org/2018/01/trumps-phony-fake-news-claims/. Accessed: 23 March 2018).
Smith, R. (2017) The Numbers Behind Fake News. Available at: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/numbers-behind-fake-news. (Accessed: 23 March 2018).