Falsified News Populates News Feeds and Search Engines

Fake news articles aren’t new.  In the past, we have informed readers of various phishing scams, targeting reader’s curiosity with bogus news stories exploiting trending news topics.  Now, fake news stories have made their way onto major search engine results and social media platforms.

It’s highly likely you have come across a handful of these articles before, whether you knew it or not.

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Now, hopefully we can all appreciate this quote.  Obviously Abraham Lincoln was not alive when the internet originated.  But I found a quote, clearly from Abraham Lincoln online, so it must be true!

As a society, we are quite naïve about the internet and the quality of the material we find online.  According to Tech Crunch, 62% of individuals get their news from social media.  This is alarming because  it doesn’t take a lot for a false article to go viral on a social media platform.  Now these 62% of people believe they are getting accurate news, when that is clearly not the case.  In many instances, the websites themselves are legitimate, but they are falsifying all or pieces of the news story to generate more traffic.

It is a bit more difficult for these fake articles to go viral on major search engine result pages, such as Google; however, it can be done.  This has been proven by the false election results page that has been popping up in Google search results.

One of the most important things you can do, is ensure you are getting your news from credible sources.  This means not only looking for the https:// to ensure the site is secure, also be sure the resources rare reputable.  With the increase in media outlets, it is a bit more difficult to determine what is reputable and what is not.

What media outlets do you use to get the latest news?

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25 thoughts on “Falsified News Populates News Feeds and Search Engines

  1. Love the “Lincoln” quote, btw. I am going to use that on some people that quote internet incessantly and see if they catch on. LOL

  2. In my opinion this is takes time. When I’m interested in something than I’ll collect information about it and see it later how is that plays out and stick to those which were right. About politics I use wikileaks as they didn’t published false material more than a decade and I build my conclusion from that. Also if there is no reference for the article don’t take it seriously. Simple as that.

  3. You want to gauge how fake the news is, take a good look at the faulty opinion injected into news stories before the election…and the slant. And now as the dust settles post election, look at how much of the “in the tank” media shills have already gone right back to “business as usual” stretching the truth, exaggerating, and outright lying, about the transition team and their progress. I’m also sick of opinion pieces masquerading as news stories. I can make up my own mind, thank you. Well, media credibility took a huge hit on Nov. 8th. Good!!! Wake up call for the low info types.

  4. DON’T GROW UP STUPID….. QUESTION EVERYTHING FOR AUTHENTICITY…. DO YOUR RESERCH ….
    GO BEYOND PAGE ONE OR TWO…. IN A GOOGLE SEARCH…
    SOMETIMES 10 OR 50 PAGES… BEFORE YOU FIND THE TRUTH…

    MOST “NEWS” I SELECTIVE TO BAIT YOU INTO A REACTION TO CLICK ON THE SITE FOR THE ADVERTISEMENTS…. OR PROPAGANDA FOR CERTAIN POLITICAL AGENDAS…. THE LEFT HAS USED THIS TECHNIQUE TO THEIR ADVANTAGE THE PAST FEW YEARS AND ARE THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITES CRYING FOUL…..

    • It’s interesting how the mainstream news media is all of a sudden attacking alternative news stories, independent blogs, video and internet and alternative radio shows, etc. and labeling these as fake news sources right after all mainstream sources were stunned to be so wrong about the election results. This, after also having worked so hard to generate as many false reports as they could to bring Trump down. Their “authoritarianism” was completely shattered and now they’re trying to discredit any news source that’s not theirs by labeling these as fake news. It’s a back door attempt to stifle free speach! Brilliant, not! WE THE PEOPLE can decide for ourselves and with a little digging can find the truth. The JUNK FOOD JOURNALISM that is mainstream news today is all too obvious and may they continue to dig their own graves.

  5. Wall Street Journal content and licensed content from the Dow Jones Factiva platform which includes New York Times, Boston Globe, trade journals, and top business and news sources. That’s about as credible as you can get these days.

    • @Michele Glazer: Not even REMOTELY accurate, Michele Glazer. Their products are nothing more than propaganda for the One World Order. But then again you’ll fit right in with Schmidt and Zuckerberg deciding what’s the “truth”.

  6. People can justify anything, rationalize anything, and lie about anything. Which, regarding the news, leaves most of us Blind as a Bat.

  7. It’s very sad, but most of the news stories in the main stream media today are essentially fake. They are probably written about true events, but the facts are so slanted politically that it’s hard to discern what the true story is. And it’s not just about the actual politicians and their beliefs and actions anymore. ANY news story is turned into a political football, used more to put forth some point of view than to actually tell what happened. Facts are omitted, altered and made up without a second thought. Hardly worth listening or watching any more.

  8. The “lame stream media” is just a political front for the progressive socialist agenda. It is pure liberal swill. and NOT worth dialing in for.. unless you are already braindead and just want more of the same. Pick and choose your news from the net.. and you will become just that much wiser.

  9. False news stories are rampant throughout the so call “main stream media”. Anyone just relying on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC or Fox for their news, is only getting a one sided, false picture of the facts. You need to deliberately search out the other side, or just be accepting of the propaganda,. There are many, but two very reliable news sites are drudgereport and breitbart

      • No News is the best News. You’d have to be a unemployed detective with unlimited funds to verify all the “facts” these “NEWS” swill hockey’s spew.

      • @E: I always have done my own research. Infowars just did a story about something that one of their points I personally know is not true (at least one of the accusations) so I know that they also have their weak points. Anyone who begins to get caught up in sweeping generalizations are in danger of error on a larger scale.

        But as with anything, you can be misled because of lack of information, lack of understanding of a subject matter or people group, and lack of experience in life. It does not matter WHO publishes the story. What determines my choice to visit a site or place is their pursuit of the truth, even if they get it wrong sometimes.

        It is all about the money. If someone is making money and position from their news, they are most likely to sensationalize things and in many cases outright lie just to get ratings and viewers. There are many who are funded by very wealthy people with high political interest. They are the ones that will do anything to protect certain people, people groups, or topics from true balanced reporting.

        Those who are trying to get the news even at great personal cost are more likely to get it closer to the way it really is than those who depend on big time advertising and political funding to maintain their high life.

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