for subscribers

In the Twitter trenches: how fake news influences journalism

Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
twitter
twitter

Ever year, the Oxford Dictionaries select a word that they think attracted the most interest during that particular year. Last year, that word was ‘post-truth’: “an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’”.

This was something quite different to the parody news shows like Jon Stewart’s Daily Shows or our own ZANews that had been around for a while and actually helped audiences understand news better because they highlighted contradictions or absurdities without pretending to be the real thing.

A few months later: January 2017. Barely has the new leader of the Free World unpacked his extra-strong hairspray in the White House bathroom, or his press secretary Sean Spicer meets the press for the first time and elaborates on the post-truth theme, inflating the size of the audience at Donald Trump’s inauguration and making a series of incorrect claims about the day’s events.

There’s more to this story
Subscribe to News24 and get access to our exclusive journalism and features today.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When planning for the Black Friday sales do you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Save, research and plan ahead, preparing to make the most of it?
8% - 957 votes
Wait and see what looks like a good deal on the day?
14% - 1807 votes
Have no interest in spending more money this year?
78% - 9954 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.11
(+0.04)
ZAR/GBP
20.22
(+0.01)
ZAR/EUR
18.02
(-0.04)
ZAR/AUD
11.12
(+0.13)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.03)
Gold
1809.84
(+0.10)
Silver
23.39
(+0.26)
Platinum
967.00
(+0.87)
Brent Crude
48.73
(+1.57)
Palladium
2368.50
(+1.96)
All Share
57742.19
(-0.03)
Top 40
52940.79
(-0.20)
Financial 15
11641.10
(-0.29)
Industrial 25
79835.50
(-0.36)
Resource 10
52605.42
(+0.07)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo