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Father's Keeper: Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out CNN Over 'Fake News' Headline

Date April 9, 2018

With the season of 'Fake News', media outlets need to be more careful when reporting about the president, as they might become material for jokes on Donald Trump Jr's Instagram account.

Donald Trump calls everything "fake news"

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The POTUS is famous for the phrase but to say that President Trump was the first politician to deploy the term would itself be, well, "fake news." On 8 December 2016, Hillary Clinton made a speech in which she mentioned:

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The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year. It's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences.

Before Donald Trump took the office, he was asked a question to which he replied: "you're fake news" to CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

It was around the same time he started using the phrase on Twitter. Within months of him becoming president, the sheer universality of the phrase "fake news" had kind of rendered the term trivial.

It was used for all sorts of things - misinformation, spin, conspiracy theories, mistakes, and reporting that people just don't like - have been rolled into it.

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On Friday 6th April 2018, Donald Trump Jr. poked fun at a CNN headline that spoke about the president's pants. He says:

If their business model is boredom and irrelevance they’re crushing it!!!

He posted a screenshot of the headline on his Instagram account, the image has since gathered 39,425 likes and over 2,500 comments. It's not the first time Don Jr. has posted headlines from the news network.

There are a lot of fake stories on the Internet

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Clearly, the enabler of the modern form of "fake news" or, misinformation, has been the explosive growth of social media. Information is social currency, even if it’s inaccurate.

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Some people intentionally choose what information to share on social media to influence opinion, but in most cases, people love luxuriating in rumors. Sharing is easy; internet technologies are optimized to encourage sharing.

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False news stories travel faster and farther on social media than the truth, and a recent study shows why fake news problem will be so hard to solve, so we all need to be careful and fact check stories before sharing with others.

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