Fake News. What about it?

In general, fake news refers to the spreading of false information based on non-existent or distorted data which is meant to deceive and manipulate the reader, on digital online platforms or in the traditional media.

Pope Francis explains why fake news is prevalent:

“The effectiveness of fake news is primarily due to its ability to mimic real news, to seem plausible. Secondly, this false but believable news is “captious”, inasmuch as it grasps people’s attention by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration.

The ability to spread such fake news often relies on a manipulative use of the social networks and the way they function. Untrue stories can spread so quickly that even authoritative denials fail to contain the damage.”

Pope Francis, 2018 World Communications Day Message


Identify the Types of Fake News

Platforms or mediums in which fake news may be circulated

Via Email
Via Messaging Platforms (e.g. WhatsApp, Telegram, Line, Viber, WeChat, Facebook Messenger and many others)
Via Social Media Post (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and many others)
Via Mainstream media (e.g. published newspaper and their online social media platforms)
Via Alternative media (e.g. blogs, alternative news sites)

Types and Forms of Fake news

Doctored Photos
Written Word in the form of a post
Short Messages via messaging platforms

How to Fight Fake News

Have you forwarded messages from people whom you know and trust, without first verifying it?

Pope Francis mentioned that “none of us can feel exempted from the duty of countering these falsehoods”. With the widespread of fake news and its subtlety, we need to learn to interpret the news we receive and where to access real information. To be discerning, rather than unwittingly contributing to the spread of disinformation.

Here’s How

stopStop. Reflect. Act.

When you receive information,

STOP. Do not forward immediately.

REFLECT. Is it charitable, respectful and honest?

ACT. Real news? Share it. In doubt? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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