Video: How To Spot Fake News
In this video Jason Bermas talks about the problem of ‘Fake News’. He tells us what fake news is and that even large media organisations are guilty of putting out this type of propaganda. He explains how fake news is presented as fact and then spreads over social media. He also points out some issues with the administration of Donald Trump that have conveniently gone under reported. Make sure to check it out below!
One case of fake news that was often reported on in 2016 was that of the little girl Bana Alabed. The story of Bana all began in September of 2016 when a 7 year old girl began to tweet from eastern Aleppo to share with the world her anxiety about living in a war-torn city. Her mother Fatemah is a teacher who ‘manages Bana’s twitter account’ and occasionally tweets herself.
Bana’s sole purpose in tweeting was to tell us about the bombing of Aleppo by Putin and Assad and to ask us to do something about it. The tweets were almost invariably variations on the themes of bombs, the need for peace, pray for us and save us.
Other Twitter users became suspicious being that Bana had good English and had access to Twitter in a war zone where others did not. Some felt the tweets went a bit beyond the pale when Bana asked for an escalation to the violence, even going so far as to call for the start of a world war.
— Partisangirl ?? (@Partisangirl) October 1, 2016
It was also very curious to watch as a major celebrity, a celebrated writer, none other than the amazing J.K. Rowling, struck up a friendship with the little girl. Rowland gifted Bana Alabed an ebook after her mother messaged her on Twitter telling her the youngster had enjoyed the movies and wanted to read more about the wizard but couldn’t find the books anywhere due to the civil war.
An exchange between the two:
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 23, 2016
J.K. Rowling replied:
Towards the end of 2016, messages on social media started appearing from people who were saying ‘goodbye’ because it was ‘the last days’.
My name is Bana, I’m 7 years old. I am talking to the world now live from East #Aleppo. This is my last moment to either live or die. – Bana
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 13, 2016
Here are three of the well known fake news ‘goodbye’ videos. One woman claims 50,000 civilians