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It is disconcerting when “fake news” becomes the news of the day. It’s one thing for individuals to espouse their spin on the events of the day – opinionated blog posts, as it were. It’s another when the establishment media pushes information to advance a particular narrative, shaping opinions that are misguided. The result is the creation of an audience that regurgitates information, people arguing annoyingly foolish positions in a surprisingly articulate manner.
Much of the information passing as fake news are likely consumed via social media networks, now an indispensable part of modern life. The biggest factor that accounts for it is the sheer number of people that now go online to access and share information. This is also reinforced by design attributes of smartphones and other mobile devices, created from the ground up as internet access appliances. Another reason points to the habits being developed as a result of a very busy lifestyle lived in an ocean of constant streaming digital information. Most people find it necessary to rely on others to curate information. One of the best sources for filtered information comes from one’s circle of friends who are likely to have a compatible worldview. Access to their opinions or referrals is as simple as viewing postings on their social media streams.
Here are emerging trends in social media, as well as, unfortunate encounters initiated by it:
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SCAMMING TOURISTS AND TRAVELERS
“(Jet Blue) said they are seeing a trending scam pretending to offer JetBlue gift cards for sharing their content. They want to make customers aware of any offers that they see that aren’t hosted on jetblue.com or at facebook.com/jetblue. “You can help the community by marking any suspicious activity as spam and making sure your account is secure,” the company posted on their Facebook page. If you get a $500 JetBlue gift card in your email or social media account, ignore it because it is not real, according to the airline.” CONTINUE READ
SOCIAL MEDIA AND (CHICAGO) GANG VIOLENCE
“[Gang members] worried about what their peers are going to think about them if they get punked down in the social media, and social media has led to a lot of killings in Chicago,” he said. “What happens with Facebook and Twitter, you can say the wrong thing and you don’t know who’s going to shoot you.” CONTINUE READ
VICTIMS LURED INTO A DATE AND ROBBED
“Police in Sacramento, Calif., are warning people of a modern day robbery scheme, in which men become victims after scheduling to meet women through online social networking sites. There have been at least 10 incidents throughout the area in recent weeks where victims try to set up dates with a female through a social forum, and then become targets of armed robbery. The perpetrators provide the unsuspecting targets with a predetermined time and location to meet, the Sacramento Police Department announced in a press release Friday. When the victim arrives at the meeting point, they are confronted by several suspects, usually armed with guns. In some of the cases, the victims have been physically assaulted.” CONTINUE READ