Surprising Facts About Fake News

  • Technology
  • October 07, 2020
Surprising Facts About Fake News
Since the arrival of social media, fake news has turned an age-old problem into a new threat that is far more than just a prank.

Long before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram even existed, fake news was in existence. However, since the arrival of social media, it has turned an age-old problem into a new threat that is far more than just a prank. We have rounded up surprising facts about fake news to highlight just how much of a problem it is in today’s society.

 

The facts about fake news

  • 33% of all content on the internet is fake news or hate speech
  • 85% of people have fallen for clickbait articles
  • The military is the most cited profession in fake Facebook profiles
  • 83% of Americans use Facebook as a source of news
  • The number of hate speech posts removed by Facebook increased to 9.6 m. in 2020
  • 62% of Brazilians confess to believing fake news

Fake news cannot only be damaging to people’s reputations but also their lives. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of people adopted incorrect health advice as a result of fake news which in some cases ending up threatening their lives. This serves as a reminder for us to think critically about the information we receive from the internet.

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