Fake news: an insidious trend that’s fast becoming a global problem

Fake news: an insidious trend that’s fast becoming a global problem.

With fake online news dominating discussions after the US election, Guardian correspondents explain how it is distorting politics around the world.


Lately, fabricated, false news have been appearing on internet. In general, they get published on 
political websites and forums that reinterpret and distort existing stories from big news outlets. While fake news are an existing phenomenon, much of what these websites share is more of a biased opinion rather than pure falsehood. Furthermore,
for many people, facebook and twitter are their main sources of news and while the news published there are not necessarily fake, there is nobody clearly responsible for the information provided.
On the other hand, traditional newspapers and TV channels have been rightfully criticised for promoting specific political agendas and marginalising alternative points of view. Paradoxically, the mistrust people developed towards the traditional media is combined with willingness to believe alternative news sources that confirm the readers’ ideas, beliefs and indulges their frustration.

Darina Martykánová

Darina Martykánová is historian, dealing mainly with Spain and the Ottoman Empire. She works at the Departament of Modern History of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research focuses on the history of professions and on transnational circulation of knowledge. Her second line of research concerns the redefinition of masculinites in interaction with the discourse of "progress of civilisation".

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