Last week a story that appeared on a news website called AWD was headlined “Israeli Defence Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack”.
The story was fake. But before that came to light, an infuriated Pakistan had already reacted to it. Its Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif responded with a warning to Israel on Twitter that “Pakistan was a nuclear state too.”
This dangerous piece of misinformation capped a year that saw an alarming proliferation of fake news. Driven in large part by the US presidential campaign, fake news sites cropped up all over the internet. They peddled flat out lies that masqueraded as news. And no matter how outrageous the fiction, millions swallowed them and shared them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
So much so that fact-checking website Politifact has named “fake news” the Lie of the Year. The annual honour, or rather, the dishonour,…. http://www.thehoot.org/media-watch/media-practice/fake-and-increasingly-dangerous-9866