Do you get your daily news from the internet?

Many people believe in the printed work (newspaper) and with Google, Facebook and Social Media a similar kind of trust is seen in the internet. Mankind is curious and sometimes overcredulous so the latest development might be a problem…

There are some known satirical news producers┬álike “The Onion [USA]” or “Der Eulenspiegel [Germany]” who create fake news. Those we recognize as they clearly state their intention to entertain.

However, there are other sources of fake news which are used┬áto either earn money (e.g. through clicking them!) or manipulate the audience. It gets dangerous once people don’t recognize the difference anymore – for any reason – and start believing what they read, making decisions based on misinformation. This can have personal and financial consequences, lead to over-protectiveness and may even fuel extreme opinions.

Educate yourself and always remember: there is no filter in the internet and you often don’t know the source. It can be a regular guy like you and me with best intentions in mind, a clever marketing scam, an adolescent or kid posing as subject matter specialist, an extremist looking to spread his/her ideas or even someone who is eager to get your vote…

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-advertising-idUSKBN1392MM

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fake-news-us-election-advertising-facebook-google-respond-1.3851876

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