The online space, as it is with the other things that we do and engage in, has become such a space that has been used to source for news as a matter of fact. As a matter of fact, many of us will run to the online news sources for the need to source for the breaking bits of news, the trending ones online, we will read online newspapers and other news related articles and as well we share lots of these with our friends and other colleagues.
In as much as this happens to be so trendy and the habit for many, the fact is that when it comes to the need to authenticate the online news sources, this happens to be one of the hardest things to do all the same. This is looking at the fact that there a number of the early reports there may be on these media that later turn out to be false that will still keep circulating on the various social media platforms with so many people still keeping to circulate them for a number of their selfish reasons, some for political reasons, others for commercial interests and some will just be about this for the fun there may be in this.
What’s even more worrying when it comes to online news sources is the fact that it has become a trend that misinformation or misleading news will spread so fast like bushfire more so in this digital age, spreading from one to the other and in no time, it will be spread to millions around. Talking of false news and how quick they spread and how they get so much coverage online as opposed to what would be for the factual ones, look at the case there was during the 2006 US elections where false and misleading information actually got to spread and receive far more coverage than what was given to the factual and true stories.
Actually looking at these basic facts when it comes to online news, we see the need for us to ensure that we have so thoroughly vetted and verified to authentic our online news sources. It is critically needful for you to pose a moment and think twice before you go ahead sharing that piece of information and news sourced online with your friends, vet it and ensure that the source is authenticate and the news is accurate and up to date.
By and large, looking at the fact of the changes we have had in the production and the consumption of news, there has been introduced yet another challenge when it comes to the need to distinguish the true from the false news articles. As a result of these, it has become a lot more easy to spread misinformation some doing this intentionally and for some unintentionally.
One of the things that you need to look out for when it comes to sourcing for news from an online source of news is that of making sure that this is such a source that has an open declaration to a commitment to the accuracy of their news articles and stories. Added to this, you need to make sure that you have settled for such a kind of an online news source that openly retracts and corrects any errors and bits of misleading information that may be on their sites.