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With technology advancing, fake news has become harder to identify on social media. And even in today’s events – political, social, and influential – there have been posts on multiple social media platforms that are misleading or biased.

For example, when misleading posts go viral and become shared, that information is being mislead to others. Which causes a whole cycle of spreading false information around. This happens when people do not check the sources behind the information or when they don’t fact-check it.

Other posts’ information could be misleading due to biased sources reporting on it. If a channel, station, or publisher has negative or positive extra feelings about someone or something they are reporting on, that could interfere with their honest and full judgement on that, which ends up interfering with the reported outcome. This affects their reputation and identity, which is what happens when people spread around false or misleading information/posts on the internet.

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