Political Hoaxes (Like The One Below) Are Getting Harder To Discern

Nov 7, 2016

Hoax fueled by social media urges voters to text in their vote.

This election season there has been an increase in fake news posted to social media to confuse voters. Our reporter Sarah Parks has more on the issue.

The hoaxes are often driven by partisanship as a way to intentionally sway votes.

“There is a hoax that is going around right now that you can text in your vote for Hillary, and it is completely not true. If you convince people that they can vote by texting, then they don't go to the polls and they don't cast their real vote.”

That’s Mignon Fogarty, a social media professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Fogarty says fake news isn’t new, but it’s becoming more sophisticated and harder to discern.

“The rise of fake news isn't just a problem for this election, I actually think that it is a danger to democracy because if you can't agree on the facts, you can't have an informed debate about what's going on in our country.”

Fogarty says to be careful before sharing content on social media that may not be accurate by using fact-checking websites such as Snopes.