Five Card Story: Why Social Media Isn't A Realiable News Source

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1. While social media is a good platform to connect with others and share information, it shouldn’t be used as a main source of news because it spreads too much misformation too easily.

2. Since social media is so broad appeal to people of today, people tend to use deliver the news about current events since you can view it the moment it gets uploaded. Anyone can make a fake article, image, or video and make it look like a major news network reported on it, you can also view it at any time or palace once it’s uploaded, this can lead to more misinformation being spread.

3. Spreading misinformation is dangerous and can lead to certain people, groups, or companies getting a bunch of explosive anger/hate towards them even though that said “news” reported wasn’t true.

4. Some may say that social media is good for news since it’s able to crank out information faster and easier to send to others. Instead of waiting for CNN or FOX to report on the story on TV, you can head on over to Facebook or Twitter and see the article or video. Most social media has options to direct message users and send posts/links and the information is set up to work with the platform.

5. However just because it can spread faster doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a good format for showing this information, some social media only show articles and those said articles can have misleading titles. When people view new articles they tend to only read the headlines or titles and will judge a book by its cover. A lot of news articles have clickbait titles whose only purpose is to draw in the viewer. However, those said viewers will not click on the article and will send the headline to think it’s 100% fact.

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