Is fake news effecting election results

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Is fake news effecting election results?

Firstly, lets discuss what fake news actually is. It is a type of news that spreads false information, mainly important things going on around the world for example the American election. Before, fake news mostly appeared in print however now we have social media which makes it easy to access and easy to spread. Now a days these platforms can sometimes be spreading fake news a lot to make people change their mind on what to believe in. This might not seem like a big problem, but I think it is!

You see, if you are not an expert in spotting fake news you may sometimes believe what you read on social media, but it may be fake news. This can actually make a big difference. For example, if you already know who you want to vote for, but go on social media and there is a post saying something bad about the president you want to vote for, that could make a big impact on your opinion. You could suddenly think bad of the president and change your mind, and if this was fake news it had tricked you. It made you change your mind however the information you found out may not be true. How can you tell what is right and what to believe? Is this fair? Also, if it is not fair how do we stop it?

Since now social media has become much more popular loads of people use it a lot. But this can be a problem as people can sometimes believe the fake news. Instead of watching news people often just use online sources e.g youtube, instagram, facebook and so on. Sometimes you can actually get real news but people use it also as a way to spread fake news and convince peope to believe them.

In my opinion if you ever want to be sure that what your reading is true you should check on dfferent sources or just watch the news. You can also speak with a grown up and have a discussion about what you want to know. What can you do to avoid fake news? Have you ever believed fake news?

Thank you for reading,

hardworking_apple

Comments (56)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    29 Sep 2020

    Hi hardworking_apple, I think this post starts a really interesting conversation so I have marked it as an Editor's Pick. I also think you have thought creatively by linking this week's competition to the topic of the election.

    These questions are especially interesting: How can you tell what is right and what to believe? Is this fair? Also, if it is not fair how do we stop it?

    Can anyone else have a go at answering them?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_literature | Michael Faraday School
    29 Sep 2020

    Well done hardworking_apple! I really agree with you. This is really good keep up the hard work!

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    29 Sep 2020

    this really help me hardworking_apple thank you very much

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg delightful_effort | Michael Faraday School
    29 Sep 2020

    This piece of writing was amazing, keep up the great work!

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg delightful_effort | Michael Faraday School
        hardworking_apple's comment 01 Oct 2020

        Thank you for taking your time to write this for us

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School reserved_date | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    29 Sep 2020

    Yes, because if you see fake news and then you send to another person and then they send it to another person, it will spread to a lot of people quickly. The Government should help the social media companies to stop or remove fake news when it is posted.

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    1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg hardworking_apple | Michael Faraday School
      reserved_date's comment 30 Sep 2020

      I agree with you can you give an idea of how to stop this from happening.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_dove | Michael Faraday School
    30 Sep 2020

    Thank you hardworking_apple you have definitely got me to keep an eye on fake news.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg flowing_strategy | Michael Faraday School
    30 Sep 2020

    Good job hardworking_apple. You've made a good point about social media and fake news related to the election. This is sure to help a-lot of people including myself!

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_earth | Michael Faraday School
    30 Sep 2020

    great job hardworking_apple, I have found this really interesting keep up your hard-work

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg spontaneous_maths | Michael Faraday School
    30 Sep 2020

    I agree, thanks for the post. Keep up the hard work!!!

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  • Hammond School logo poetic_passionfruit | Hammond Junior School A
    30 Sep 2020

    Hello hardworking_apple I am going to just point this out. Yes. Yes fake news has changed my mind on the election. Before I joined burnet news I thought Trump was an awful president but then I realised most of that news was fake. But now this topic has popped up I have started to think the news is true again. And Im sure !m not the only one. Avoiding fake news is imposible and to check you don't want to be researching everything that you read on the internet so here are a few things to think about:

    .Is it actually believable. Not all fake news is that hard to tell if it is real or not some like "Kim Kardashian crashes a plain in the ocean and kills 5 people" Thats not going to be real because does she know how to drive a plane, probably not and can you fly at the moment, no.

    .Don't assume that if there is a photo attached that it must be real because due to modern technology and editing softwares people can make almost anything look real. SOME of these fake images will have jagged outlines depending on how good the software is that they have used to create the photo.

    .Check through the post or comment again. Are they over exaggerating or repeating what they have just said? This is a great way to check if the news is fake or not. Its like they are so desperate for everyone to believe that he did this or he did that so this can happen to her.
    One last thing, before you forward a news story on to a friend or family member check these things because you don't know who they might tell.

    Well done on this post.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      poetic_passionfruit's comment 01 Oct 2020

      Great advice there, poetic_passionfruit! Well done!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    30 Sep 2020

    Well done hardworking_apple

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  • Hammond School logo bold_satsuma | Hammond Junior School E
    01 Oct 2020

    I agree its really bad

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  • Hammond School logo authentic_eagle | Hammond Junior School E
    01 Oct 2020

    I thingk that social media is defenetly efecting the election because if people want Donald Trump to win then they will lie.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      authentic_eagle's comment 01 Oct 2020

      Do you have any evidence to show that "if people want Donald Trump to win then they will lie", authentic_eagle?

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  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    01 Oct 2020

    Hi Hardworking_apple,
    I think that fake news really affects people's opinions on many different topics, such as climate change, and especially elections. Some people can post fake news because they want to persuade people to do things. This can be bad or good, depending on what they want you to do. For example, a candidate for an election can tell someone who works for them to post either good news about them, or bad news about the opposition.

    Also, some fake news can be partly true, but aren't accurate. This could be posting a figure wrong, but still maintaining the main idea. Say a person posts something about the fires in the US, but says that 15000 homes were destroyed, instead of 14000. This is fake news. Another example is the website Wikipedia. People can change the articles so you can not always trust what they are saying. Some of it can be right, but not all.

    Fake news has been a big topic concerning the US election, with one of the most shared stories is about the current president, Donald Trump. Lots of people said that he called his own Republican voters ''the dumbest group of voters in the country''. He did not say this. This could have a big affect on the Republican voters as Trump may have insulted them, therefore persuading them to vote for the Democrats.

    To figure out if something is fake news or not, you first need to ask yourself questions about the post. For the example about what Donald Trump said about his voters above, ask yourself questions. Why would Donald Trump say something rude about his voters when they are the people who would help him become president? Also, think about why this post was shared. Is it to make people angry? In this case, it would. It would make the voters change their opinion. This would tell you that it is fake news.

    Personally, I do not think that posting fake news is fair. This is because it is something that is not true or entirely correct, but can change people's point of view massively. A good way of stopping this is to use a new tool that will not allow posts to be shared if they are fake. Twitter has done this. The app has created a new tool ''fact-check''. It has been created to stop people from posting fake news, mainly by Donald Trump. Thank you for reading my comment. I would like to congratulate Hardworking_apple for creating this great post.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      eager_reflection's comment 02 Oct 2020

      It's very good advice to ask lots of questions about news so we can decide how accurate it probably is. Can anyone think of other questions we should ask ourselves when reading/watching something?

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  • Cheam Park logo quirky_synthesizer | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    01 Oct 2020

    I believe it does. I think this because if someone won the election who people didn't like some people would spread fake news and start complaining about the vote

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_piano | Hammond Junior School B
    01 Oct 2020

    I think that crating face new is bad because if you put that up on social media then if people look at it the it can tell them facts that are not true and then they can go and tell people news that is not true at all.

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    02 Oct 2020

    I agree with you. I would probably do the same. If you check on social media, or quickly search it up, there is a chance that it could be fake news. People randomly post things that aren't nessecary, and probably fake news on social media. I wouldn't trust the news on there. I think it would be better to actually watch the actual news where you get proof.

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  • Cheam Park logo eager_honeyberry | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    03 Oct 2020

    Hello Hardworking_apple,
    I completely believe you as many people are deceived every day by fake news because of photoshopped adverts and memes that people put online. Many people make fun of Donald Trump because of this and people become biased that Donald Trump isn't clever and doesn't deserve to be president but behind all that, Donald Trump has given unemployed people jobs and has increased their pay; about 57% of people say that they've been better off financially during the time Donald Trump was president. Another thing is that he made tariff threats to stop illegal immigration into Mexico- it was the first time in history that Mexico has enforced its immigration laws. People post fake news to make people change their opinion on something to get someone to support them. Candidates might say that they have supported a certain charity, even if they haven't, leading people into thinking that they are supportive to the public and people will vote for them. Ways to find facts is to use trusted sites like BBC News and to check the URL. If it says ‘http’ that means that there is the chance of it being not safe. If it says ’https’ that means that is secure and valid. If it ends in something like ‘.edu’,‘.gov’ or’.org’ that means that it is safe and reliable. If it ends in’.com’ or ‘.net’, it might not be safe.Be careful on websites that end in ‘.net’ as they don’t go down in any category so the could contain anything.
    In overall, I totally believe you and I think that your post was amazing. I am happy that you have brought up this subject as many people are not aware about fake news during elections or fake news in general.
    Thank you,
    Eager_reflection

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      eager_honeyberry's comment 05 Oct 2020

      You've given us some really interesting things to think about here, eager_honeyberry. You've shown great listening - by considering why people might think different things. Do you think the achievements of Donald Trump's presidency are ignored because people get distracted by his behaviour?

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    2. Manor Park logo poetic_pear | Manor Park Primary Academy
      eager_honeyberry's comment 13 Oct 2020

      everyone always has to believe take news then that will cause a roomer so I agree with you

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  • Hammond School logo practical_tree | Hammond Junior School A
    09 Oct 2020

    Fake news has changed my option with people in the world .I still think Biden should be president

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  • Ditton Logo nice_cloud | Ditton Primary School A
    09 Oct 2020

    If u tell people fake news people will get confused with it or mad. If u put fake news people will believe u and tell people

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  • Ditton Logo flowing_music | Ditton Primary School A
    09 Oct 2020

    I fink that people should fink that should be president of America.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    13 Oct 2020

    Are there presidents in all countries or just in America (I know we have a queen in England)

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      terrific_raccoon's comment 13 Oct 2020

      We have a Queen and Prime Minister in England - the Prime Minister is the leader of the government. There are leaders in nearly every country but the way they get into power might be different. You can read more about it here: https://www.funkidslive.com/learn/us-uk-slamdown/difference-us-president-vs-uk-prime-minister/#

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    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      terrific_raccoon's comment 13 Oct 2020

      We have a Queen and Prime Minister in England - the Prime Minister is the leader of the government. There are leaders in nearly every country but the way they get into power might be different. You can read more about it here: https://www.funkidslive.com/learn/us-uk-slamdown/difference-us-president-vs-uk-prime-minister/#

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    3. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      terrific_raccoon's comment 13 Oct 2020

      We have a Queen and Prime Minister in England - the Prime Minister is the leader of the government. There are leaders in nearly every country but the way they get into power might be different. You can read more about it here: https://www.funkidslive.com/learn/us-uk-slamdown/difference-us-president-vs-uk-prime-minister/#

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg resplendent_lime | Streatham Wells Primary School
    13 Oct 2020

    I think that fake news is not good because they spread and spread and then all the people think that news is real but its not.I think there should be no fake news so everybody doesnt have been told or has seen that fake news that is not true. Everybody hasan opinion but fake neews isnot good

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      resplendent_lime's comment 13 Oct 2020

      Lots of people would agree with you! Check out this expert post on how to check facts, it's fascinating! https://burnetnewsclub.com/issues/american-election-2020/experts/was-your-question-asked-fact-checker-angie-drobnic-holan/

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  • Manor Park logo poetic_pear | Manor Park Primary Academy
    13 Oct 2020

    fake news can spread like wildfire so that is why you should always confirm news to make sure that you confirm before you spread fake news especially about politics because is you said for e.g Trump fires his security when it is not true you could start a real bad roomerand you would be making lied about the president and you are then putting pressure on the president about something he did not do .

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      poetic_pear's comment 14 Oct 2020

      You might want to have a look at what our expert, Angie Drobnic Holan, said about fake news when we put BNC students' questions to her! https://burnetnewsclub.com/issues/american-election-2020/experts/was-your-question-asked-fact-checker-angie-drobnic-holan/

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  • Cheam Park logo magnificent_guava | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    15 Oct 2020

    I think fake news can spread to others like chinese whispers and like chinese whispers they change and others will hear this they might change votes for elections,votes and more so you should always check that news you heard is real.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      magnificent_guava's comment 15 Oct 2020

      There is more information about this in the answers from our expert fact checker. Take a look!

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  • Hammond School logo committed_banjo | Hammond Junior School B
    15 Oct 2020

    I think fake news would effect who wins the election because it can trick people surfing through the internet and it's probably the reason he won the last election. It could take people their whole lives to figure out the lies that they have been told...fake news can be spread like wild fire and nobody knows if it's true or not unless they have seen it. This is a great post hardworking_apple

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  • Cheam Fields logo reflective_forest | Cheam Fields Primary Academy
    15 Oct 2020

    Yes it is effecting votes,
    because Donald trump could say you could get free money and phones when when you vote them they don't give free money or phones and then he would win the election because every body would fool for it and it would be unfair.

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
    15 Oct 2020

    Hello hardworking_apple. What an interesting post you have done. Fake news is spoken about a lot and I don’t think it’s fair that some people are getting sucked into this news that is not true and influencing someone else to change their mind about something.

    I bet many people have come across fake news but they just haven’t realised. Sometimes their could be some fake news that seems really unrealistic that you are not going to believe but some people are very good at making things plausible and believable.

    So here are my tips on how to spot fake news and not get sucked in and believe things that aren’t true.
    1. If you come across something and you don’t know whether it’s true, don’t just leave it and just believe it go onto bbc news or something and see whether anything has been said on there because it’s most likely going to be in there if it did happen.
    2. Search it up on a website and see whether it’s on there and if it’s true.
    3. Just because you know about fake news don’t think nothing is true and believe nothing because most things are probably true but you just have to be careful.
    4. Things that are live on the news will be true because they won’t lie about things on there.
    5. Most newspapers are true but some people who write the newspaper may twist the story a bit so be aware.

    Thank you for writing this post hardworking_apple I have really enjoyed reading this post.
    Thank you for reading loyal_cymbals

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  • Hammond School logo productive_fig | Hammond Junior School A
    16 Oct 2020

    Fake news is destroying the internet and I think fake news should not happen

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  • Hammond School logo delightful_chicken | Hammond Junior School C
    16 Oct 2020

    Fake news is really bad and if a president says fake things that other people believe then he might have a good chance of winning the election.

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  • Hammond School logo modest_location | Hammond Junior School A
    16 Oct 2020

    In my oppinion fake news is ruining the election as there are false accusations going around,which are influencing some of the citizens in America, for example Donald Trump has recently accused the other candidate, Joe Biden, of doing drugs behind the camera

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  • Hammond School logo thankful_tornado | Hammond Junior School C
    22 Oct 2020

    I think fake news would definitely effect the election because it could completely change your opinion on who to pick.

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