Are Internet forums the original ‘fake news’

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  1. 15 Feb 2020 at 12:46 PM #1
    MarkRF

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    Been thinking a lot recently.. are forums where fake news stemmed from?

    Using here as an example, rod bearing failures etc.. people hear of 1 report of it happening and spread the word. 1 instance of failure quickly becomes 20,30,40 people talking about it on here, or Facebook or the real world in garages etc. All of a sudden a fairly minuscule percentage of failures is being discussed as a common fault.

    Likewise, genuine false information being reported - someone asks for a Torque setting for something and a reply is given that isn’t correct by the book - it’s what they’ve torqued theirs to or what they think will be ok. No one else either knows enough to correct it or bothers. Other users then search for that torque setting, find said thread and as it hasn’t been corrected the take it as gospel and even reproduce the information when someone else asks and once again the misinformation spreads like a virus.

    The same can be said for opinions and subjective topics.. a user asks what the effects of introducing part X into their setup and gets another users opinion which may not be the same on their setup or to their tastes / opinion. But the original reply is taken as this is what will happen if doing this mod.

    Internet forums and user groups etc on Facebook are a fantastic resource available for free in most instances but I think we just need to be aware that it’s almost like quoting Wikipedia and it can be dangerous to take the information available as fact. This has always been the case and predates the term fake news so is this where it’s spread from?
     
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  2. 15 Feb 2020 at 12:55 PM #2
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    This is a good point. It’s really no different to being down the pub in days gone by. I am sure we all had a mate or knew someone who had the answer to everything or said ‘yeah, bloke down the pub said’ - we would probably treat that with a degree of caution, but for some reason, maybe not so much if it appears on a forum? I don’t know, but it is certainly far easier and quicker to reach an audience these days and the more sensationalised the opinion or news, the faster it spreads, with any truth or validity to the post becoming a distant second to likes, thumbs up, faves or whatever it is!
     
  3. 16 Feb 2020 at 11:06 AM #3
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    Nope, original fake news started with kings and queens, to politicians and newspapers and now television.

    There is some fake nonsense in forums, but minor scale in comparison.
     
  4. 16 Feb 2020 at 1:08 PM #4
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    Fake News has been around since records began, the Egyptians got a spanking by the Hittites but local news had it as a glorious victory for the Pharaoh of the day. Goebel's principle of propaganda are the fake news of the previous century. It's worth reading these principles because they are effective.

    In fact the Internet does for the first time in history, give a medium for folks to research and ask questions which in the past was simply not available due to the state having control of media, be it radio, press or town criers.

    Of course it's now easier for anyone with a "Big Lie" to create and spread them faster and wider without consequence using (anti) social media. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. 16 Feb 2020 at 1:56 PM #5
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    think this talk of fake news is just fake news.
     
  6. 16 Feb 2020 at 3:06 PM #6
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    That 'OEM suspension is only good for 20K miles' should be on Snopes.com
     

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