The online space has become so vibrant for news sources. As a matter of fact, many of us will run to the online news sources for the need to source for the breaking bits of news, the trending ones online, we will read online newspapers and other news related articles and as well we share lots of these with our friends and other colleagues.
This be as trendy as it may be, the fact is that new sources online are some of the hardest things to verify anyway. This is looking at the fact that there a number of the early reports there may be on these media that later turn out to be false that will still keep circulating on the various social media platforms with so many people still keeping to circulate them for a number of their selfish reasons, some for political reasons, others for commercial interests and some will just be about this for the fun there may be in this.
What’s even more worrying when it comes to online news sources is the fact that it has become a trend that misinformation or misleading news will spread so fast like bushfire more so in this digital age, spreading from one to the other and in no time, it will be spread to millions around. Take a case like we had in the 2006 elections in the US where it was realized and reported that false news stories were spread faster and more widely than the real ones.
Actually looking at these basic facts when it comes to online news, we see the need for us to ensure that we have so thoroughly vetted and verified to authentic our online news sources. It is critically needful for you to pose a moment and think twice before you go ahead sharing that piece of information and news sourced online with your friends, vet it and ensure that the source is authenticate and the news is accurate and up to date.
By and large, sorting facts from the fictional pieces has never been easy more so looking at the changes we have seen in how news is produced and as well consumed. As a result of these, it has become a lot more easy to spread misinformation some doing this intentionally and for some unintentionally.
The first thing that should tell you of a good and trustworthy online news source is one that has an open declaration and a commitment to accuracy of their news stories. Added to this, you need to make sure that you have settled for such a kind of an online news source that openly retracts and corrects any errors and bits of misleading information that may be on their sites.