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Genesis of Fake News in modern media

Genesis of Fake News in modern media. According to Wikipedia; Fake news, also known as junk news or pseudo-news, is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media (print and broadcast) or online social media. The false information is often caused by reporters paying sources for stories, an unethical practice called checkbook journalism.

Digital news has brought back and increased the usage of fake news, or yellow journalism. The news is then often reverberated as misinformation in social media but occasionally finds its way to the mainstream media as well.

Fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership. Similarly, clickbait stories and headlines earn advertising revenue from this activity.

The genesis of fake news is believed to be the Soviet Union during 19880’s a tool to alter public views by distorting the existing facts and it was a common tool deployed by KGB, a Soviet Union secret agency.

Why did KGB choose this as the main tool to fight western democracies and especially the United Stated of America?

Why did the western democracies declined to fight this tool from beginning?

Is the current Russian regime under president Putin perfected the usage of fake news?

Why is the fake news vocabulary being popularly used by current American President Donald Trump?

What will be the role of mainstream media in fighting Fake News?

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