Are you boycotting the internet today? This year there has been a huge push to boycott the internet on the first day in April, as a way of fighting back and saying that we, the general public, are sick of Fake News.
There’s been a lot of hoopla in the States, with President Trump, fact checking, and plenty of calls of “Fake news!” on both sides. I’ve read articles sharing statics which show that many people will share an article on Facebook based on the title alone. They will share without even reading what they are sharing, let alone taking the time to check the sources and see if there’s any basis in fact.
Sometimes it’s a satire piece that missed it’s mark and is being taken as fact, but more often it’s just outright propaganda, selling someone’s viewpoint or product with a skewed version of reality. Facebook has acknowledged that they are aware it’s a problem and that it’s affecting their credibility as a website. They’ve begun partnering with recognised fact-checking organisations to flag fake news.
“…weeks after the US presidential election results raised new questions about how viral hoaxes may have contributed to Donald Trump’s victory. Facebook is introducing tools designed to make it easier to report links shared in the News Feed as fake news…”
Of course, if you’re reading this post it’s already too late to take part in this year’s boycott, but you can pledge to take part next year right here.
Personally, I thought about taking the pledge to boycott the internet on #NoFakeNews day, but to be honest I’d have a hard time keeping that promise, as there are far too many things I enjoy reading and doing online, some of which I need to do to keep this blog chugging along. So instead I’ve decided to fight back against fake news in my own small way by vowing to employ a team of fact checkers. Yes, I have hired a dedicated two-person team to check facts and ensure that no fake news is ever published at Maple Leaf Mommy.
Ok, yes, if you haven’t caught on by now, this is my own take at an April Fool’s post. My husband was talking last night about how some people detest April Fools, hate all the lame fake things that are published on that day, and actively boycott the internet on April 1st. While I DO think actual fake news is an insidious evil that should be stomped out (and I try and do my due diligence before sharing anything on my personal or public profiles), I adore the sort of fake news that appears each year on April 1st. Because this, this and this, is just too amusing.