Fake news is damaging, and its uncontrolled spread can irreversibly tarnish a person’s reputation. It is simply an exaggerated and misleading information that is transmitted through contemporary news and social media websites with a purpose of damaging a person’s reputation. Typically, it contains misleading and catchy headlines of entirely or partly fabricated information. When I was in high school, I fell victim to fake news which damaged my reputation as the school’s captain. A few weeks just to the end of the first term, a story emerged on the second page of the school’s magazine that I had been molesting junior students. Two days after the publication, I got wind of the story and informed the school’s principal about the issue. Although the author of the story apologized to other students and me, he had already damaged my status.
Due to the damaging effects of fake news on the credibility of leaders, Facebook established measures to combat their spread (Allcott and Gentzkow 227). Usually, people request the company to pulldown damaging and false information that is transmitted through its website. Although some fake news can still be traced in Facebook; overall, the company has managed to fight the spread of false information. Therefore, other social media platforms should emulate Facebook and implement similar measures to stop the spread of rumors.
To combat fake news via social media, I would request all individuals to cite the sources of their stories. The use of references would ensure that people can be able to support any information they post, which would, in turn, enhance the credibility of the information on the website (Marchi 252). Additionally, I would grant users of the platform a right to flag any fake news they spot on the social media and request such information to be deleted. Consequently, the use of references and the ability of the social media users to identify fake news will create checks and balances mechanism that will eliminate such damaging information.
Allcott, Hunt, and Matthew, Gentzkow. “Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election.” Journal of Economic Perspective, vol. 31, no. 2, 2017, pp. 211-236.
Marchi, Regina. “With Facebook, Blogs, and Fake News, Teens Reject Journalist “Objectivity.” Journal of Communication Inquiry, vol. 36, no. 3, 2012, pp. 246-262.