Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – A recent study by the fact-checking organization Full Fact shows that Facebook Groups are hotbeds for spreading fake news or hoaxes. Full Fact found more than 1,200 hoaxes and warned that these findings may only be part of a larger problem.
Some of the most widely circulated hoaxes on the Facebook Group are reports of missing children, deadly snakes, and serial killers who often frighten local residents.
Due to the large amount of disinformation circulating on the Facebook Group, Full Fact is worried that the public will be distracted from credible news that matches the facts on the ground.
Quoted from TheGuardianThursday (24/8/2023), Full Fact assesses that the motivation for spreading fake news on the Facebook Group could be to earn income or promote products and services.
Often, these posts are edited when they have garnered a lot of likes and comments. Ultimately, posts are modified to promote cashback or giveaways from a brand or platform.
A Full Fact investigation uncovered the spread of the hoax in more than 100 areas across England. In Dundee, the news about the serial killer was a scene last year.
There is also a lot of information that says there are missing dogs or children. Hundreds of netizens then shared this information many times, even though the news was not true.
Not only in England, Full Fact also collects a lot of fake news through Facebook Groups in the United States (US) and Australia.
Last April, Full Fact warned Meta about the spread of hoaxes on the Facebook Group. Unfortunately, according to Full Fact’s narrative, the social media giant has also not reacted.
“Because of disinformation being spread, people who are really experiencing a disaster and need help may be ignored,” said Full Fact Editor, Steve Nowottny.