This morning I was scrolling through my Facebook News feed and I saw a link to a crime article shared by a friend so I clicked into read it. The article seemed very genuine at first, but as I read it, it became very apparent to me that this was clearly a fake news article .
The article which I have decided not to link to for fear of it been taken seriously(upon checking it has been removed)*, named a young man from a specific area of Dublin(the first give away), and said he had been arrested on serious sexual charges.
The article then had a photo of his local Garda(Irish police) station, adding a certain amount of legitimacy to the article.
At the bottom of the article there was a button that said “click here to PRANK YOUR FRIENDS WITH FAKE NEWS!”
Here are some tips on spotting fake news websites
- Check that the website is known to you.
- Read other articles on the website the are usually less believable.
- Check article against reputable news sources
- Check for spelling mistakes
- Check for facts shared that would not normally be in such an article.
- If you are victim of such a scam please report it immediately.
- Report Dangerous scams to the website itself.
- Do not share articles that could cause someome to be in danger especially if you are not absolutly sure of its legitimacy.
Upon a quick Google search for Fake News Generation I was able to make this image below in about 60 seconds
Why is it a Danger?
Well as the article I read earlier was of a very serious crime, it could lead to bullying, violence or even vigilantism. It could take minutes to setup and share what seems to be a funny joke and turn it into a life-changing prank for its intended victim with untold consequences,
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