When I was 13 years old, I created a Facebook account with the simple goal of connecting with friends and posting horrific selfies. Since then, I have been on and off with my usage of the social networking site, and needless to say, a lot has changed since I first created my account. While on the app, I have found that most of my newsfeed consists of the “older” generation (family relatives, parents of old friends, neighbors, etc.) sharing or commenting, on what it seems like, every post that they see. I suppose this is fine, but problems arise once politics get involved.
We know that companies like Facebook and Twitter have been under fire recently about the authenticity of their content on news feeds. It is obviously a problem that there are fake accounts creating misleading stories, but I feel it is just as dangerous that there are so many people who are quick to read and share click-bait. Research has shown that Facebook is cracking down on the fake accounts, but I’m afraid that won’t stop the spread of fake news.
Our latest steps to make Pages more authentic and transparent https://t.co/fnNrMcOT5f
— Facebook (@facebook) August 10, 2018
Foreign or domestic, a clear way to determine if a post on Facebook is authentic is to confirm it with a more credible source. I believe Facebook should insert a special feature that allows the reader to immediately fact check an obscure article by taking you to links of more credible sources. The best way to help readers differentiate authentic from non-authentic news is to provide them the proper resources needed to make an educated decision to believe or disregard a post.
It is time for users to take back their news feeds.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 5, 2018