Fake news: a threat to society
by audreysantello on February 3, 2017 - 10:40am
color:#333333">"Fake news is about to get even scarier than ever before" written by Nick Bilton from Vanity fair published on January 26th of 2017, discusses the dangers and the threats that "fake news" may be for society. Following Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, "fake news" became a term that everybody was familiar with. We hear about it more each day and it becomes scarier as time goes on. An example of this, happened in the United States Capital, Washington D.C; a young 28 year old man, Edgar Maddison Welch read about the Comet Ping-Pong Pizzeria where apparently many young children were used as sex slaves. The craziest thing about this "news" was that it said that this business, going on in the basement of the pizzeria (there are no basement), was controlled by ex-Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. After reading about this, Edgar Welch decided to drive 6 hours from his home town to Washington D.C where he opened fire in the Comet Ping-Pong Pizzeria. Luckily nobody was hurt. This is a good example of how fake news moves quickly and how it can be a threat to society. In Edgar's case, he automatically believed what he had read and acted right away. Fake news can be confusing. The even scarier thing about it is that the United States have acquired a new President who himself spent his entire campaign spreading and inventing stories; such as saying that Ted Cruz's father had something to do with John F. Kennedy’s assassination, which he was not.
color:#333333">A research made last year by a Professor from Stanford University and Erlangen-Nuremberg University showed how technologists can record a video of somebody speaking and easily changing the person on the video's facial expression in real time. This research was made in order to show the world how it is easy to manipulate the society into believing something that never happened. This is another reason why fake news are getting scarier and why we need to be careful what we believe.