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When is News Fake?

posted 16 Mar 2017, 06:18 by Web Admin   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 08:29 ]

Report on the growing issue of 'Fake News'...

By Kieran, Jack and Vicky (Sixth Form)

Many people, when they hear fake news, just picture it as something that is used for a joke and don’t take it seriously but fake news is information, propaganda and hoaxes that are sold and released as real to persuade people that it is the truth when in reality it is a lie. People are being told lies and think of it as some kind of joke. 

The issue of 'Fake news' could affect the future of journalism and could affect the future of news in general because soon enough people will stop believing any news that comes out and will worry that anything being told is a lie. People could stop watching the news, stop buying newspapers, and will just focus on the social media even though that is where all of the fake news hides, through our social media sources such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and many more.

Many companies appear to use 'fake news' and appear to try and pass it off as real news, for example Buzzfeed, CNN (according to President Trump), The Sun and many individuals, but one of the biggest examples of it at the moment in recent times would be Donald Trump contradicting himself using the facts that could be considered 'fake news'.

Donald Trump has complained about 'fake news' calling it ‘dangerous’ and has said that it is ‘enemy of the American people’ in response to leaks of information inside the White House. President Trump, however, has contradicted himself when in the presidential run he used  'fake news' about Hillary Clinton to get a head start over her calling her ‘a criminal’ and asked the American people ‘are you really going to vote for a criminal?’ real dangerous huh Mr President?

Felix Kjellberg has entitled many media outlets to join the bandwagon of  'fake news' revolving around the accusation of being an 'Anti Semitic' alongside The Wall Street Journal and the aftermath that followed up once his contracts that were ended from YouTube, Red and Disney which then was used to go against him and a ‘personal attack’ as said by Felix. 

Zoella has also been blamed for a decline in youth literacy; even though she has been named as one the most successful authors of all time since the title began, as well as encouraging secondary school students to read her three books that she has published in the 10 years she has become an internet personality. It's really confusing!

In our opinion 'fake news' seems to be just sly attempt from the generic media to undermine internet personalities for their readership income to maintain against companies such as YouTube. The site maintains 1 billion unique visitors per month alongside a meer 33.8 million combined print readerships and 47.3 million multimedia reach from newspapers in the same amount of time.

My thoughts on 'fake news' is that it is a sly and unnecessary technique to sabotage and provoke an opponent or a group of people that have different thoughts to the individual to manipulate their views in an to attempt to use false allegations to gain power over the other constituent.


My honest opinion on 'fake news' is that it is pretty much unnecessary drama, purposely causing trouble so that someone can be given the attention they are craving to overrule another and be seen as the ‘hero’. It is only used by narcissistic fools that believe they are above the rest and should be praised.


I believe that fake news is a way to spread gossip. Something that’s not true and easy to make it believable. It can effectively damage someone with these inaccurate resources that any news article is providing. Giving them a bad reputation, losing respect and of course unfortunately we all fall for 'fake news', no matter what.