You’re browsing your Facebook newsfeed when you see this crazy article that you just have to share. You share it with a few friends who share it with a few friends until it’s gone far enough to appear on newsfeeds everywhere.
The problem is that of all the shares it got, maybe about ten or so people actually checked to see if the article was legit.
We live in a new age where we can share news quicker than before. That news gets shared so quickly that it’s hard to filter out the fake ones and scammers are starting to take advantage of this.
Scammers will build a fake news site with fake articles written in a way that sounds true. Sites like this will often utilize headlines so enticing that it will pique the curiosity of many, even a grandparent.
The problem is that behind these enticing headlines are a clearly bullshit article but most importantly, a shit-ton of ads. These websites are designed with the sole purpose of selling ad space and relying on traffic for revenue. In order to get the traffic necessary to rake in massive amounts of money, these websites rely on creating stories/articles that will get shared quickly (clickbait in short).
The key to curbing this problem is to research everything you read before you click the share button. Snopes is a really good way to check various viral stories for legitimacy.
It’ll be a bit tedious at first but, just a few simple steps can go a long way in ensuring that these scammers don’t profit off of one’s inability to fact check everything they find on the web.
Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90’s.