Recent outrage over fake news websites has hurt the credibility of social media as a news source, which may lead to resurging readership among traditional news sources.
By Jordan Fehr
With the ever increasing popularity of social media as a communications platform, and with declining sales among traditional media outlets, and 62 percent of Americans (no available Canadian statistics) getting their news from social media, it can appear as though traditional media has no place in the modern world.
There are many concerns about this trend, namely the proliferation of fake news websites, which are generally created to serve a political agenda. While consumers have never had more access to information, the quality of available information is often at best questionable.
This is where traditional media comes in, offering a more reliable source of information. Modern news organizations put a heavier focus on social media, posting front-page stories on multiple platforms, in an attempt to maintain readership. The recent outrage over the fake news websites has hurt the credibility of social media as a news source, which may lead to resurging readership among traditional news sources.
Finally, social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter have begun the process of weeding out misinformation and will likely take greater steps in order to ensure the credibility of their own websites to try to foster a more informed public.
Overall the future of traditional media is questionable, and it is yet to be seen whether or not these organizations will be able to stay relevant in the age of social media.