On any given day the average teenager can spend up to nine hours on different social media platforms. As smartphones have made it so easy to browse through apps such as Instagram, FaceBook and twitter teens are now using these medians as main sources for what’s happening in the world.
Most news outlets now use these platforms to reach younger audiences and even communicate with viewers that have questions regarding stories or event. But as always with every new way of doing things, comes its own set of challenges.
The latest issues we see in the news have been with something that is being called “fake news.” Fake news is all around us on all of our social platforms but we see it especially in the Twittersphere.
With over 350,000 tweets going out a minute it’s very easy for the real factual tweets to get lost and the rumors finding a way onto your timeline.
Not only are we struggling with accounts that are posting false information but there has been lots of recent talk about our public media abusing its power and creating fake news.
President Donald Trump has been very active on social media about this topic and not being afraid to say what he wants. After his being criticized for his speeches he posted a tweeting stating “The Fake News is now complaining about my different types of back to back speeches.”
The Fake News is now complaining about my different types of back to back speeches. Well, there was Afghanistan (somber), the big Rally…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
So how do we know what fake news and what’s legit? “It’s important to first check where the information is coming from, then we have to check other sources and corroborate the news,” said Xavier Caso, senior at Christopher Columbus High School.
As the media continues to expand and become more and more popular, students need to be even more vigilant of thier news sources.