Consumers can be more resilient when it comes to the onslaught of fake news on social media, a new book argues.
The authors say the fake news crisis has impacted people’s ability to think clearly and make informed decisions about buying and selling goods and services.
But it can also be damaging for businesses, and even the country at large, the authors wrote in the book, titled What You Can Do About the Fake News Crisis.
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As the economy continues to struggle, consumers are becoming more concerned about their finances, and businesses are also feeling pressure to stay on top of their digital and social media news, they wrote.
They also point out that people tend to buy things they like and share more on social platforms.
For consumers, they said, there are plenty of reasons to avoid buying things they might be told are fake, like “fake news” that’s not true, “fake media” that has been used for commercial purposes, and that’s also not true.
In some cases, consumers might not even know what’s true, the book said.
Fake news can affect your shopping decisions and help companies push back against consumers who might be wary about buying from you, they added.
A person’s ability and willingness to make educated decisions about products and services can also take a hit if the news outlet you choose to believe is fake, said the authors, who are working with the White House Office of Public Engagement.
To be clear, this is not meant to suggest that you should be concerned about the safety of your purchases or your online purchases.
You should never be pressured into buying anything you don’t want to, said Adam Golladay, a senior adviser at the White National Center for Policy Analysis, a research and policy institute in Washington, D.C.
But if the information is not accurate or the news has been intentionally misleading, consumers may be more inclined to buy something they don’t believe.
Some examples of things that are likely to be affected are “fake food,” which is a mix of fake ingredients and packaged foods that consumers believe are unhealthy or unsafe, Gollays said.
This includes items like ice cream that people say are too soft or don’t taste right, and candy that has added sugar or is too sweet.
It also includes products with names that are not necessarily accurate, like food labels that are “for a family member or someone in your life,” he said.
Consumers may also be more likely to buy a product that they think might be fake because it might be on sale, or the product has a lower price tag than it actually is, Golls said.
The book also includes “fake music,” which includes music that has no affiliation with the artist or artist’s label.
If you think you’re buying something fake, be sure to check with your local retailer and your local health department to make sure they don.
You can also talk to your doctor if you think a product or service is causing you a headache or other health issues.
These days, consumers have more tools at their disposal to deal the fake information, said Gollay.
You can tell if the website or product you’re looking at is not authentic or not, whether it’s based on real or fake content, and what kind of information is being used, he added.
“If it looks like it has been vetted by someone who’s been doing this for a while, you should take it seriously.”
In addition, the report calls on consumers to be more aware of how their information is used and shared.
The authors say that as consumers become more engaged online, they’re more likely than ever to share their personal information online and on social networking sites.