April Fool's Day was once fun and safe. The fake news υπήρχαν μαζικά μια φορά τον χρόνο. Όμως, όπως φαίνεται αυτές οι μέρες έχουν περάσει ανεπιστρεπτί. Πλέον ζούμε στην εποχή των ψεύτικων news. όπου οι μύθοι παρουσιάζονται σαν αλήθειες, και εμείς τις πιστεύουμε.
Fake news is no longer an annual “celebration”, it is a news cycle that happens 365 days a year.
This year, Protoprilia falls Sunday, prompting journalists to start brain storming early, so their pranks are believable.
For journalists, this means long days collectionof ideas that become press releases, without having to write a disclaimer. Of course, there are others who simply don't think:
One of the most successful jokes last year was that of Krispy Kreme. The donut company claimed shortly before April to change its name to "Krispy Cream" because the British didn't know how to pronounce the word "Kreme."
“Krispy Kreme UK is getting a friendlier one name for England to stop getting it wrong,” read one headline. “Krispy Kreme is changing its name here to United Kingdom to stop people mispronouncing it", one said.
So publishing fake news to an unsuspecting audience any day of the year is not funny, as we have seen false stories circulated daily to cause serious consequences.
In some cases, false stories become much more viral than real news. Three months before the presidential elections in America, the fake news for the election was so much which competed with the real news on Facebook.
During the most critical period of the election campaign, 20 fantastic stories about the election created 8,7 million shares and like on Facebook, far exceeding 7,3 share shares and like gathered from regular news.
These top fake news headlines were: "Hillary sold weapons to ISIS" and "FBI agent suspected of Hillary's email leaks found dead".
Since then, fake news has become part of our lives far more than it was.
By definition, the fake news is fake information masquerading as regular news. It is something similar to propaganda because they distort the truth to gain in emotional persuasiveness.
But the incentives behind fake news are not just political. Many artists of fake stories try to make money with distributed content designed to win a big audience.
So, do today's companies use Protoprilia as an excuse to do the same thing?
“The same motives are the creators of news stories. The unfortunate reality is that some people use the same techniques on a daily basis to make money or manipulate public opinion, ”says Claire Wardle of First Draft News.
"Their consumers online information must be alerted in May, June and July as it would be on April 1. "
The napkin is a day that you have to judge and think constantly so you will not be cheated. Nowadays, the information is manufactured, manipulated or completely misleading, it should be done daily in everything we see in our news feed.