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“The Spread of Misinformation in Social Media”A Qualitative Research Report in GEC 15 - PURPOSIVE COMMUNICATIONResearchers:Maricel ValmoridaKristine Faith IntolKyle Bryant MeloKurt PanongCharles SaringApril SecoyaSheena Villagonzalo
ABSTRACTThe researchers would like to dedicate to the students, as well as parents andteachers for the purpose of increasing awareness in the wake of learning fakeand misinformed news in social media. Lourdes College, the Catholic schoolspecializes in the mission of commitment and to become more competent andworthy members of the society by fully committing to the actions of MotherIgnacia. Everywhere in the world is inevitable that social media can affect orenlighten a person’s life.However, there are instances that social media can affect us all. Whether we arebeing brainwashed in the worst way possible or degrade the quality of life and therelationship between significant others.This research uses the qualitative formatwhere we gather data via personal perspectives or opinions.Training and self-reflection is required if we want to truly use social media in a proper manner. Thisis not only applied to the respondents but also to every person around the world.This research will help the people around realize how the fake news hasmisinformed everyone and how we could prevent it from happening whether onTV or another unreliable website source.Keywords: Awareness,Fake News,Social Media,and Source.
INTRODUCTIONStatement of The ProblemThere are many issues and crisis that our society facing right now on topof that the spreading rumors or fake news that very rampant in social media, whatwill happen if this negative and toxic information spread and no one would have acourage to correct the said issue or no one would verify if it is authenticinformation or just a false information that it made lead to misinformation andchaos it may also bring fear and misjudge to the topic or people involved in theissue.Menczer(2016) state that the spread of fake news from source to end usersthrough a strong ecosystem bots and websites of a social media Significantfeatures that keep the individual engaging on the social media that includessharing of content , reproducing , tagging a large number of people, that it mayfacilitate the manipulation of the information and became a powerful source ofspreading misinformation.For further research people need to understand and answer every thoughtand curiosity on how to overcome being in the spot where you were able towitness how unfortunate and tricky to know that in just one click your life wouldbe in upside down or people might live in fear. Would you rather take a risk andknow the truth or just go with the flow even if you might notice that theformulation of the news has something wrong or indifferent? This phenomenongives people a realization that not all the time we can use the word that“ignorance is blessed”, because it might get you in trouble in the near future. It isbetter to be vigilant and optimistic and always look from the brighter side.