This line robs the article of credibility: “Social media users either aren’t aware or don’t care about sharing credible sources of news. That has to change.”

One person’s credible source is someone else’s salacious gossipmonger. We all have our own built in bullshit detector, we just don’t all bother tp switch them on.

A long time ago a man named Siddartha (The Buddha) advised: “Believe nothing you read or are told without first testing it against your own experience and common sense.”

And online, if your not sure, look for the hedge words, allegedly, reportedly, sources close to, and so on, which tell you the reporter id warning, “I’m not saying this is true, right, but I heard / read / surmised …”

News companies have to make a living, to do that they once had to sell papers and advertising, or just advertising for broadcast news, now its more a case of getting eyes on screens. My dear old Dad, who worked for the aforementioned DailyMail, The Daily Express and the News Chronicle between the 1930s and 1980s used to tell me how reporters were pressured to sensationalise stories or to build stories around a very flimsy scrap of information.

Fake news is not new, it’s been around forever. I can’t understand why people are suddenly getting so excited about it. Anyone who uses social media for a news source has only themselves to blame for the drek they see.

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Opted for comfortable retirement before I was fifty due to health problems and burn out. Now spend my time writing and goofing around. Home: northern England..

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