Please Please Please understand this is a simple yet very powerful lesson. Make sure you read every word of this post or you may miss the point. This is an object lesson, and not a point of view.
I rarely talk about politics. People really get riled up over it however sometimes you just have to speak up. Such is the case here.
Take a look at the following Tweet
Some people would delight in that Tweet, others would be furious that she would say something like this. Those who hate President Trump and love the Tweet are more likely to post it on their Facebook timeline so that heir friends may join in on roasting the president.
On the other side, those that dislike Hillary can use the Tweet to show how evil Hillary is and post it on their Facebook timeline to support their claim.
No matter which side of the coin you are on if you posted this Tweet or shared it with someone you would be
Guilty of what you ask? You would be guilty of spreading FAKE NEWS! If you take a look at the bottom right of the Tweet above you will see in very light type created @ Tweeterino.com. That is a site that allows ANYONE to create a fake Tweet using whoever they want as the person who supposedly said something as in the Hillary Tweet above.
Just to let you know I opened an account and created that Tweet in a matter of 2 minutes. I created that fake news Tweet to prove the point ANYONE can say almost ANYTHING and attribute it to almost anyone they want.
Pretty powerful stuff, right? I’ll be the first to admit I probably have fallen for a few fake news Tweets. What all of us need to do is verify our sources. Knowing what you know now you will save yourself some grief and not get so agitated when you see something designed to get you riled up.
Fake news is designed to generate clicks, or views as in the case of so-called news programs. Clicks and views equal advertising dollars for the big corporations or someone trying to make a fast buck.
Bottom line no matter what side of the coin you are on verify the source before passing along anything you think supports your side.