Many people now discover and share news through social networks such as Facebook. Platforms such as Twitter and Reddit also allow users to share links that go viral.
News shared on social networks is often not properly verified or professionally edited.
News shared through social media can be influential and widely read, but it can also be inaccurate and misleading.
The rise of fake news on the internet is challenging professional journalism, which has led to a decline in trust in the mainstream media.
We are witnessing a revolution in the way that people consume news. The use of social media platforms has drastically changed the way that people get their information.
The traditional gatekeepers are being cut out of the equation, meaning that one person’s opinion can have just as much weight as a well-known journalist’s. Social media has caused the downfall of many professional journalists and news organizations, but it has also given rise to new forms of journalism and new opportunities for investigative journalists to track down stories.
News is now accessible at any time, because we can turn on our phones or laptops and check for email alerts or notifications about breaking news – even if this is happening far away from us in another country.