Fake news is a hot thing and trendy topic right now. But as we’ve shown through the years, and is now COMPLETELY obvious, fake news is bad for society, kind of like street drugs, it comes with some nasty side effects that touch everyone in the community.
Here are the dealers, making money like crazy because people like news crack.
And here are the real world results that hurt innocent people.
A pizza shop in Washington was the subject of dozens of made-up articles about Hillary Clinton kidnapping, molesting and trafficking children in the restaurant’s back rooms. The articles were propagating via Reddit, Facebook and YouTube picked up by various pop-up fake news sites.
None of it was true. While Mr. Alefantis has some prominent Democratic friends in Washington and was a supporter of Mrs. Clinton, he has never met her, does not sell or abuse children, and is not being investigated by law enforcement for any of these claims. He and his 40 employees had unwittingly become real people caught in the middle of a storm of fake news.
Over the weekend, Comet Ping Pong received dozens of calls from people screaming obscenities and threats. Mr. Alefantis got 50 nasty Instagram direct messages, including one that warned, “This place should be burned to the ground!”
So, in this post-truth world, anyone can plant anything online about you and you have no recourse. It’s a dangerous world out there. With the popularization of pseudo-news and the population eagerly visiting the putrid cesspool spaces on the Internet, the disease spreads.