Who spreads the most false news

Fake news

Fake news is fake news that is often spread over the Internet. The authors often use social networks such as Facebook and Twitter or the video platform Youtube to publish their lies. Most of the time, these fictional messages are about topics that are getting a lot of attention right now. In 2016, for example, there was a lot of false news in the course of the election campaign in the USA, which were targeted against politicians and put them in a bad light.

Risk from incorrect information

People who create fake news want one thing above all: to shock others so that they can then pass the news on and spread it over the Internet. A large number of fake news writers want to create a mood against certain people or groups.

Time and again, people who read fake news think it is real and share it with others via social networks. This can lead to thousands of people receiving incorrect information within a very short time. In Germany, for example, articles or posts have often been written in recent months reporting crimes allegedly committed by refugees. With this, the authors of the false news want to create a targeted fear and anger towards refugees and German refugee policy within the population.

More clicks = more money

Fake news often have very exaggerated, "sensational" headlines. The authors of the message want to ensure that as many people as possible click on the message and share it with their friends. They are betting on making a lot of money from their fake news. The following rule applies: the more often an article or video is clicked, the more money it makes. So some people make up the most sensational news possible so that they can be accessed extremely often.

Anyone who creates and distributes fake news either wants to influence the opinion of other people and / or try to make money with it.