By now, you’ve probably heard of the term “Fake News” being circulated around, namely by the the president of the united states, Donald J trump. If you haven’t, here’s a lovely short clip from CNBCs YouTube channel Of Mr. Trump’s first press conference, where he displays his masterful showmanship saying to CNN’s Jim Acosta, “You are fake news”.
Fake news, trying to simplify the term, is of course the broadcasting of news content on media outputs that are, well, FAKE. These accusations towards popular media were definitely prominent throughout the whole Trump campaign, and are still an active card played by the Trump administration, although, the term has found new legs.
Currently trending in the news are missiles being launched at Syria from the US and other countries. Concurrently, a video was released on social media of missiles being launched at Syria and went viral. Inevitably, this evoked public outrage because, you know, violence is bad. Here, have a look at this tweet from Press TVs twitter account showing the video footage.
As it turns out, this scary and action provoking video of a missile attack was actually fake news! After this video and videos like it began to be released, some social media users caught on, and boy did they blow their whistles. Here’s NBCs tweet of shame
Al Jazeera reported on the issue saying “The video, however, was not shot during Saturday’s air strikes in Syria, but in Ukraine. The footage was first uploaded in February 2015, and an artillery barrage in the city of Luhansk.”
Ukraine, the video was from Ukraine (lol).
As I discussed in a previous blog post, when mainstream media is censored, or just blocked, social media can often come as a savior to the subjects of oppression to spread words of their struggles, but what if now even social media is circulating doctored content?
What do you think? Could social media, the voice of the people, become subject to censorship and corruption?
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