Facebook’s Biggest Hits On Fake News From 2016

by amaliatoma on January 31, 2017 - 10:41am

In the article “Here are 50 of the biggest fake news hits on Facebook from 2016” written by Craig Silverman and posted on Dec 30, 2016. The issue talks about several fake news that have somehow become very popular on Facebook and believable by the public’s eye. The article states several deceitful headlines such as, “Women stabbed husband to death because he wouldn’t eat her ass” or Cinnamon roll can explodes inside man’s butt during shoplifting incident”. The article then explains the phoniness behind the headlines and clearly states the whereabouts of it. From this review we learn that most of the people that surf the Internet usually get their news stories from Facebook, which itself is not the most reliable place to find news. We know that this article is credible because it clearly site who the author is and by giving a brief sentence about who he is (in this case it said he is Buzzfeed’s news media editor). The article also clearly states the date of publication in an obvious way, which contributes in a positive way to the websites organization and style. The writing style is also a major contributor to the authenticity of the website. Websites with poor spelling and grammar are big indications of its credibility. In this article, the spelling and grammar were satisfactory.  And finally, the website goes under the name of a credible and well-known company that usually undergo studies and experiments by describing and analyzing them which make them tenable. 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/top-fake-news-of-2016?utm_term=.fjYM8M19D#.icV797dAE

Comments

Hi, firstly id say that your article is really written and contain to my knowledge zero grammatical article and it has a certain style that is really pleasant to read. However, you could separate your article in paragraph which would make it a little more easier to read thus understand. Secondly, saying that buzzefeed is a reliable sources right now because the author name is minimally reaching the reliability. Buzz feed had problem in the past concerning fake news and partisan biases. I suggest that you check other sources to be sure that the information or issue your are covering is true. Here an recent article about Buzzfeed suspect partisanship: https://heatst.com/politics/buzzfeed-hillary-clinton/

Hello, I appreciated reading your article as it was extremely informative and relatable to my personal experiences. Facebook is a beneficial platform but can be used for promotion of false information. Totally agree, good job!

The article you've chosen to write about is pretty interesting as well as surprising to find out that many people look to Facebook for their news. While Buzzfeed may not seem that reliable to most, they do appear to be mostly for entertainment after all, it might be of help to mention the author of the article and his reliability. Craig Silverman worked at The Globe and Mail, another news agency, in the past and is the author of the book titled "Regret the Error", which won the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism.

If you, or someone else, would like to look into him more here are the pages I looked at.
https://www.facebook.com/silvermancraig/about?lst=100002666904425%3A1000...
https://books.google.ca/books/about/Regret_the_Error.html?id=vdBOKzu91QE...

While your news summary is well written and well explained, I believe that you did not choose a reliable source. I did some research regarding the “fake news” posted on Facebook and some of them were not true. According to the BuzzFeed, Craig Silverman informs us that a woman stabbed her husband to death because he did not want to eat her butt and that a cinnamon roll can explode into a man’s butt during a shoplifting incident. I believe that all of these news is nonsense and it can’t be true. However, the BuzzFeed did share some true “fake news” like that Pope Francis supports Donald Trump or that an FBI agent looked into Hillary Clinton’s email and was find dead in his apartment. I suggest that you do more research to make sure that the information given is true. I recommend that you go to this site: ww.cnbc.com/2016/12/30/read-all-about-it-the-biggest-fake-news-stories-of-2016.html in order to seek more information about these “fake news”.

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Amalia Toma