As a daily news and internationally accredited news source, the BBC is actively working against claims that dilute their credibility.
In a world where anyone can post any type of information on the web at any given time, it is important for news sources such as the BBC to remain reliable and credible.
As a result, the BBC has launched a new project to verify and re-verify all of their information before it goes out for the public to read.
This move just goes to show that today, good journalism is no longer about speed, it’s about the truth and avoiding “fake news.”
We are living in a world of fake news.
Fake news videos are surfing the internet at a rampant pace.
In fact, Facebook was recently put under fire for its “fake news problem.” Too many faulty news videos and articles are surfacing onto users’ feeds.
Buzzfeed has recently provided a list displaying the biggest fake news events online in 2016. Check it out here. While some of them hilarious, keep in mind there are some people who actually believe this stuff!
One can see just how powerful news is, whether it be verified or unverified.
Just look at the amount of coverage WikiLeaks gets! Even though there is no direct proof that anything in WikiLeaks is true, that does stop the public from giving it a lot of attention.
Honestly speaking, it can be difficult to turn away from the fake news when it can often be made to look even more interesting than the truth!
How can we know what we are seeing online can be trusted?
The BBC is in the middle of assembling a team to debunk fake news and keep its credibility intact.
The team’s job is, essentially, to “reality check” the internet, and to sift through what is true and what is fake online.
Interestingly enough, BBC is working directly with Facebook on this project to find a strategy that will be most effective.
The goal? They want to make the facts more appealing than the falsehoods.
Admittedly, it is appealing to believe at first read. The real problem is that no one these days, facts checks before they “share” “like” and post links on their social media.
This is why BBC has taken matters into their own hands.
The station will put an emphasis on “slow” news and “slow” stories which have been analyzed in-depth.
The price of their new project? £290m.
Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
To conclude, as we move further into the age of fake news, it is important that each reader put their trust into credible news sources.
We are lucky to have news sources such as BBC who are working to help us detect false news online.
It won’t be long before other news outlets follow their footsteps and have similar teams to debunk fake news. It is important considering today’s political, social, and economic climate.
If you’d like to learn more about the BBC’s tips for debunking fake news, read here.