2021 just started, which means the news has been centered around politics and the vaccine lately. With everything happening related to the elections and COVID, fake news has been spreading more rapidly. Dr. Anthony Fauci explained how President Donald Trump tweeted a misleading fact about the numbers of infected individuals and deaths in the country due to the virus. Fauci cleared the false claim up by stating that the deaths are in fact real and that if you were to go visit a hospital you would see all people sick in bed.
In order to reduce the spread of fake news, Buchanan suggested that when we come across fake news we should do nothing about it. When we call someone out, it just does more harm than good. Buchanan stated how fake news has been used to try to influence political processes and the spread of false information online may discourage people from getting vaccinated. It can be tempting to comment on false information, but when we do then it increases the likelihood of it reaching other people.
Older immigrants who don’t follow along with the mainstream English-language are more likely to hear and receive disinformation about American politics. Most immigrants receive information from their friends, rather than news channels or a messenger platform (Hong).Tags: RHS