Trust not what ye read upon the internet!

These days so many contributors to the internet have meant that some information you find seem contradictory and confusing, and often downright lies.

Fake News

This is a form of propaganda, spread on the internet via social media and sometimes legitimate websites to mislead for financial or political gain. During the recent elections in America and the UK, there was a number of stories promoted on Facebook. The term has been used more frequently these days as it is more prevalent due to the internet. However Fake News has been spread throughout history. So, Donald Trump claiming to have started the term, is in fact Fake News!

Parody

Parody accounts or news sites are not intended to mislead you, but rather entertain you. Obviously, you would not believe the stories, but sometimes people are taken in. Parody accounts are popular on Twitter and Facebook with many followers. One famous account parodies The Queen . If you would like to follow one, look for your favourite celebrities and add the word parody.

Click Bait

This type of ruse is used to get you to click through to a website by piquing your interest just enough to make you click. You then find you have multiple pages to scan through to find the one thing that enticed you to click in the first place. These are used to create hits on pages, Buzzfeed and Upworthy are examples of websites employing clickbait tactics.

Fun quizzes on Facebook

These often pop up in your timeline and look like innocent fun, checking out if you look younger than your picture, or if people secretly hate you.  It involves a click through to ‘login with Facebook’ this then give the publishers of the fun quiz, all you Facebook details and friends lists, even if you have privacy set to the maximum in your settings.

Yellow Journalism

All the above are examples of yellow journalism, which is called Tabloid journalism in the UK. This is using sensationalist titles and headlines to attract people and get more newspapers or website clicks. The stories are often embellished to represent the views of the newspaper, or sensationalized to get you to read more, even if the article is not well researched or even legitimate.