If you use Google Trends, you’ll see that web, image, news, and YouTube search interest in the term, fake news, all spiked right after the United States presidential election was held on November 8, 2016. So, some media companies, authentic journalists, video marketers, and political observers might think fake news is a relatively new phenomenon. But they would be wrong.
After the United States presidential election in 2004, Eric Ulken wrote an article for the Online Journalism Review entitled, “Non-traditional sources cloud Google News results.” His analysis found that “articles returned in Google News searches are significantly more likely to have an ideological bias than those returned in searches on Yahoo News.” Back then, Ulken defined “traditional news source” as website affiliated with a wire service, newspaper, magazine, TV station, radio station, broadcast network or cable network. And he said that “non-traditional sources” found in Google News included “a number of relatively obscure, online-only news sources (some of which are best described as weblogs),” as well as a white supremacist journal, which Google News had dropped from its index after users complained that hate speech was turning up in searches.
So, welcome to the new world of fake news which looks suspiciously like the old world of ideologically biased news. About the only significant difference between the two is that their battleground seems to have shifted over the past 12 years from news search engines to social media sites, and social video platforms.
Source: Real vs Fake News: Which One Is Winning in the World of Online Video? http://tubularinsights.com/fake-news-online-video/#ixzz4U48MRp6C
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