The online space has become so vibrant for news sources. Quite a number of us will turn to the online news sources for the latest and trending news, whether it is reading a newspaper online or sharing some bit of news with friends and family online.
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. The reason for this is looking at the fact that there will be some of the early reports on these media sources that will turn out to be false which will still get circulating and spreading on these platforms with a number going on to spread them for a number of reasons and interests they may be having in these pieces of news, however false they may be, like for their political reasons, commercial and for some, it’s all for the fun they derive in this.
The interesting bit is the fact that in a number of cases, misleading information can go viral in a matter of seconds. 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.
Generally speaking, looking at the fact of the changes in how news is produced and subsequently consumed, we have seen a sure challenge when it comes to the need to sort the true from the rumors or fictitious news pieces. By and large, as a result of this, and the challenge to verify news sources more so online news sources, it has become a lot more easier for the spreading of false information, some doing this knowingly and some unknowingly.
The first thing that should tell you of a good and trustworthy online news source is one that has an open declaration and a commitment to accuracy of their news 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.