Fake news. The phrase most notably coined by Donald Trump, and the words we hear too often for our own liking. With the prevalence of social media in our day to day lives, it’s important to recognize the dangers that come with the free flow of information and the extensive reach of social media platforms. 

When it comes to consuming news, conventional news sources such as newspapers and cable news networks are being outpaced by social media platforms. 

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2018, 43% of American adults consume news from Facebook, 21% use YouTube, and 12% look to Twitter for their news. 

Although news has become much more widespread and easier to access, social media and the promotion of the free range of information has also opened a dangerous gate for spreading information that is untrue and often harmful. 

With the election just three weeks away, we must start using the internet in a more responsible and effective way and hold ourselves accountable to the information that we come across.