When fake news does not admit itself to be fake, the public tends to believe it to be true – possibly until it causes consequences beyond expectations.
Unfortunately, neither the U.S. nor China, or maybe any other nation, is immune to the spreading of fake news.
They just keep passing stuff around.
Nobody fact-checks anything anymore, Paul Horner, a 38-year-old fake-news writer, told the Washington Post in an interview earlier this November.
When fake news is a game-changerHorner regrets his actions, thinking that he helped put Trump in the White House.
One of his fake stories claimed that more than 20 million Amish men and women living across the U.S. were endorsing Donald Trump for president.The faux-article appeared as a top news search result on Google, and was shared by third parties such as the Trump presidential campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Eric Trump, the second son of Donald Trump, and Fox News.Google picking up fake newsStill no fact-checking: fake news ferments in China Politics is not for fun, a Chinese netizen commented on Weibo, pointing out how ridiculous it is that some would joke around with influential news or votes.On Zhihu, a leading Chinese Q website, a netizen named Wang Jiyong, borrowed the idea from Horner s fake story, and answered the question How should we view Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States?