Why the aim of websites should be to fight the fake news epidemic?
"We just want our revenue to shoot up and that can happen only if we write sensational news," this is the kind of mindset through which several website owners in the internet industry work.
We live in the fake news epidemic times. Fake news almost appears everywhere and more than anything else, bogus news has become a big-time menace on the internet that is difficult to control and manage even by the respective authorities. "We just want our revenue to shoot up and that can happen only if we write sensational news," this is the kind of mindset through which several website owners in the internet industry work.
But what about sharing accurate information with the audience? "Well, we are trying our best but you see we have to type news within a matter of minutes and hit the publish button before anyone else so that we can rank well on the search engines," this is another mindset that makes many news reporters and web journalists on the internet collect half-baked information that is far-from-reality.
On average, internet users spend 70% of their time on the web and depend on it for the latest information, breaking news, and trending updates. But whether what they read is factual, true-to-life, or not, has become a rising question mark among users in recent times.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit the country in 2020, it was the news media channels that we relied on to know what should be our next course of action. In such testing times when a lot of confusion and panic was already spreading, many new websites were launched. Even existing websites went through a makeover and started the subscription model wherein users who want to read the full report or articles had to pay a minimum fee on a monthly or quarterly or yearly basis.
It is obvious that with many news channels being sued by the officials for reporting fake news, there were many real news channels who thought that subscription models will make the internet users think that they are reporting actual and important information that won't be served as free. News channels thought well to monetize their efforts but what is still a big question is what we read or hear through the news on the internet, is it reliable or not?
Well, there is no doubt that not everything you read is fake but some efforts need to be made by your end as a thoughtful reader. For example, if you are reading a topic on Sushmita Sen's new relationship on various news websites, then make sure you rely only on the ones that have quotes from the celebrity herself or at least the persons involved in the matter. Don't directly jump to conclusions or judge a person just because a news portal has carried a news item on that famous person.
Same way, you can fight the fake news epidemic by reporting your thoughts. There is a comments section below every article on the news websites that invite opinions, honest thoughts, and feedback. Feel free to write what you feel and also have the courage to read the comments written by other users. You never know if you will be helping a website to report factual news by writing what you know and sharing with the world the importance of factual reporting and transparency in feedback.