Many Believe Fake News Articles
Studies have shown that many Americans cannot tell what news is fake and what news is real. This can create confusion and misunderstanding about important social and political issues.
Fake News Can Affect Your Grades
ACC Professors require that you use quality sources of information for your research assignments and papers. If you use sources that have false or misleading information, you may get a lower grade.
Fake News Can Be Harmful to Your Health
There are many fake and misleading news stories related to medical treatments and major diseases like cancer or diabetes. Trusting these false stories could lead you to make decisions that may be harmful to your health.
Fake News Makes It Harder For People To See the Truth
A Pew Research Center study found that those on the right and the left of the political spectrum have different ideas about the definition of 'fake news', "The Pew study suggests that fake-news panic, rather than driving people to abandon ideological outlets and the fringe, may actually be accelerating the process of polarization: It’s driving consumers to drop some outlets, to simply consume less information overall, and even to cut out social relationships."
This is why it is important for people to seek out news with as little bias as humanly possible. News services like AP News and Reuters strive to provide accurate, neutral coverage of major events.