RWS Essay #3 - Vels 1 Sabrina Vels Ms Sweeney RWS 200-73 9...

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Vels 1Sabrina VelsMs. SweeneyRWS 200-739 April 2017The Modern Day Plague of Social Media: Fake NewsIn a society where newspapers are out of style, many American citizens receive their daily news from social media such as Twitter and Facebook. As a result, the issue of Fake News has created an uproar among many users because of the increased distribution of Fake News and lack of prevention from Facebook or Twitter. Moreover, as we enter this new presidential term, Fake News continues to spread as many supporters and critics of the new president continue to engage with Fake News pertaining to our new president, Donald Trump as well as his fellow candidate, Hillary Clinton. Fake News continues to become a bigger issue everyday with the spread of false information about politics and our new president. This creates an even bigger problem in our society: no one can tell what’s real and what’s fake news. In a Forbes article written during the final months of the most recent presidential election by Kalev Leetaru titled “Why Stopping ‘Fake’ News Is So Hard”, the author explains the concept of Fake News, how it’saffecting the public’s views on the election, and the difference between Fake News and Satirical Articles. Comparatively, two other articles written around the same period join the conversation of Fake News to extend, complicate, challenge, and illustrate Leetaru’s claims about Fake News. The first of which, “On Twitter, a Battle Among Political Bots” written by Amanda Hess shortly after the presidential election, describes the different types of bots on Twitter and how they contribute to the spread of Fake News. The other article, also written after the presidential election, titled “How do you deal with a problem like ‘Fake News?’” by Robyn Caplan addresses
Vels 2the measures Facebook has taken to eliminate the Fake News issue that plagues the social media hub and how these measures are not enough to fix the issue. Overall, all three of these articles effectively join the conversation about why Fake News is an issue and the steps needed to resolve the issue with Leetaru’s piece as the foundation for what he defines Fake News as and whether it is possible to eradicate the issue completely. Additionally, Caplan and Hess’s articles extend, complicate, and illustrate Leetaru’s claims regarding the elimination of Fake News to give a deeper look into the issue and how it can be effectively resolved.The anchor text, “Why Stopping ‘Fake’ News Is So Hard” by Kalev Leetaru, addresses the obstacles in eliminating Fake News as well as the difference between fake news and satirical news, in order to convince his audience, which is well educated citizens of America, that Fake news is a big issue in our society. In response to the recent presidential election, Leetaru claims that “In the emotional aftermath of this month’s US presidential election attention has turned to

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