WLOX Editorial: Fake news, you have the power to stop it

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Fake news - The label is a new one. We used to call it tabloid or yellow journalism. For decades, we found it on the shelves of supermarkets. While scandalous and often amusing, many of us would never pass it along as factual.

But with the arrival of social media, many people pass along lies. Lies that show up on our phones or tablets without any consideration of the original source. It makes the distinction difficult between truth and distortion, fact and just plain fantasy.

We have a long-standing commitment here at WLOX, of verifying facts, then reporting them accurately, no matter what platform, on our broadcasts, our web site, or our social media pages. You have some power here as well.

If you do not know the source is legitimate, and they have not earned your trust, do not share it. Those who read your social media posts also deserve the truth.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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