More people believe Facebook over CNN for news

More people believe Facebook over CNN for news
Social media has become the only source of information and news that most people even bother to look at. People don't check the news' credibility by fact checking. No, people base a piece's credibility by how much attention it was given. How many likes did it get? How many times was it shared? Remember the myriad "THIS FAMOUS PERSON HAS DIED" posts that regularly plague Facebook? How are people so fooled by this? I fall on a fallacy - Argument from Authority - to try to explain this.

Argument from Authority is a fallacy which occurs when an argument is insisted to be true because someone important said is it is true. Example: The President said that the Earth is flat. Therefore, the Earth IS flat! It's a falsity because the President doesn't have the authority nor the credibility to say argue that "Earth is flat" is true. Similarly, people often say "But it must be true. I saw it on Facebook!" Seeing something on Facebook (in this example) doesn't mean that it is true. People seem to attribute authority to the millions of people who believed or supported that hoax (the Bandwagon fallacy also works like this). Let's say that there's a new hoax spreading around on Facebook: "TRUMP IS ALLIED WITH ISIS." A person sees it, thinks it's true, clicks like and share, and moves on. Repeat this happening hundreds, thousands, millions of times, and eventually, people will believe it solely because millions of other people believed it too.



I agree

Most people do believe Facebook / CNN simply because they feel close to their friends that are on Facebook. Whether they really know them or not in person they feel as if they do and they feel as if they can trust someone that they can relate to versus the news. I think people feel that the truth is in the streets.
Posted by tinkerlove on 06-06-2017

Only for those who don't bother for a quick google

I live outside the USA and fake news/fake facts are easily shared here on my facebook newsfeed. You wouldn't believe how much people don't bother for a quick google search these days. This is sadly because mostly due to the fact that not a lot of people watch CNN here, or any news program for that matter, and a lot of people here like to ride the bandwagon.
Posted by arachnophobik on 06-15-2017


Unfortunately we live in the era of information yet what rules is misinformation. Any fake FB news can get people to believe lies and even donate money to a fake cause. People believe everything they read sadly
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-05-2017


Jonathan Solomon

Not quite...

I do know as a fact people don't trust the news as a credible source of information anymore. However, Facebook isn't exactly the next best choice. Especially nowadays with all the fake websites popping up being shared on Facebook.

Nowadays, anyone who's interested in receiving their news/information should look from various sources. Major media networks like CNN are not as credible as they used to be and social media platforms don't provide any more basis for substance on information.

Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 06-06-2017

More people know about Facebook

It may appear that a lot of people believe whatever is said on facebook instead of what is being posted on broadcast on CNN. This is not true. The people who watch CNN and read their news believe what they say. Of course, I'm one of those who watch CNN news and I think that the are a very credible news site.

The only problem is that a lot more people are just browsing YouTube without verifying the source. A lot more people are reading fake news because that's what is being posted in the second most popular site on the internet. It's more popular than CNN, that's why it appears that they choose facts on Facebook than that in CNN.

What we should do is educate friends and acquaintances not to believe anything they read on YouTube. They should first check the credibility of the sites before going out of their way to share links.

Posted by limberg on 08-01-2017

Not at all

Very purpose of facebook is to connect with people and not for news , so basically most people do not look for news on facebook but instead they look for friends and messages. While CNN is an exclusive news channel where all kinds of news are accumulated and it is where people can look for news and more often the posts found on facebook may not be accurate. So CNN wins here.
Posted by wikifarmer on 06-16-2017

Don't think so

I'm not sure where you've heard that more people believe Facebook over CNN when it comes to actual, proper, factual news.

As somebody said, Facebook is literally based on gossip. You have the very famous ''yellow page'' newspapers posting gossip news that has no valid proof.

CNN is a network dedicated to news and news only. I don't understand how can you even compare the two. They're completely different. Facebook is a social media platform, why would you ever think that they have ''real'' news over a company that is based solely on them?

I don't believe a single thing I read on Facebook. It's fake and just wants people to click on certain links to generate more traffic to the news page.

Posted by Mehano on 06-06-2017

FaceBook is gossip

This is an odd comparison. CNN does a lot of research before belting out but FaceBook is a laid back site where anything goes. Most of it is gossip but not much of truth in it. FaceBook is more to tell each other how happy they are not letting others know what goes on between the four walls.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-06-2017
I agree that the "news" you see on Facebook is something like gossip. But the problem now is that a lot of people think that this gossip is actually "true". While many of us realize that Facebook is not a source of information or news, much more people don't realize that the stuff they see on Facebook is actually just gossip. Mix in the fact that they won't fact-check, and you've got a group of people who believe anything they see on Facebook

No Way

A lot of people on Facebook or any other social media sites probably are only there to share things and not really for news. Of course if someone sees something like "New revolutionary tires invented" they would probably believe it, because the information would not be interesting enough for them to not believe it so someone reading it would believe it but soon forget it afterwards.
Posted by lexcion on 06-06-2017

Come on!!

CNN has its faults and they do apply a good amount of spin. However, Facebook is a peer to peer sharing. The likelihood of the poster checking the sources is slim to none. If you're relying on that platform for information your opening yourself up to failure.
Posted by mattmattics on 06-13-2017

So Facebook Has Made News Junkies and Dummies of U

Most of the news reporting agencies such as CNN have Facebook pages. Facebook is not in the news reporting business. However, if people visit various social media pages to get a news report, that's not unusual anymore. The links shared via social media lead back to the source. I sometimes see videos of the news shared via Twitter and/or Facebook. It's ludicrous to think that people rely on Facebook for news. Why go there when I can get news summaries from Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show? LOL.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 11-10-2018

Not true!

Well, I guess that people that believe something they see on Facebook more than CNN news are not really in touch with reality. On Facebook, people post anything they want, can be a gossip, something they think is right, or just something they invented just to get more likes to their post. CNN cannot afford to post such news on television, CNN must have a reliable source for that!
Posted by wallet on 08-03-2017

people still like news programs

As much as I want to believe this, I think people who do get their news from independent sources are still in the minority as of now. Maybe in the future that will change and in some ways it is now turning in the favor of social media but there is still a long way to go before traditional news is made obsolete because people still find it very entertaining and they mistake that feeling for unbiased information.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-10-2018

I disagree.

I don't believe that most of us are trying to believe the news that we see on social media. One thing that is necessary is for us to understand that the need for us to check for the authenticity of every news before believing that they are true.
Posted by Barida on 11-20-2018

What the?

Its just a social media site where you will find opinions of different people gather from other sources or their own so its basically cannot be compared to a refutable news site. I certainly disagree with this. If all people starts believing what is shared or what they read on their news feed are the actual truth then I think its time to admonish this kind of sites in the net.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-24-2017

Not at all

We're all aware that Facebook has lots of fake news and you even don't know which is true anymore. Since everyone can write up their own news on Facebook, it's not wise to easily believe it. You should at least check other resources if the news is true or fake. CNN, on the other hand, will still a great source of news. I'm sure that they only deliver what's right with all honesty. They won't gonna be renowned around the world if they only make the fake news.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-27-2017


I believe little that I read on FB. I know there are people who believe that FB is the gospel and that everything that is on there is true. I always check various sources before I believe anything to be true. You just never know these days. There are so many stories out there. How many celebrity death hoaxes have you read about? Everyday somebody else is reported dead who is alive and healthy but every day there are people who will believe it because it came up on their FB newsfeed. There will always be people like that who believe anything they read or hear.
Posted by Sue on 06-06-2017
Believe Facebook? With all the click-baits and fake news people spread? I wouldn't agree that people trust it that much. I myself don't trust most of the things I see on Facebook. But I do not trust everything I hear on TV either. CNN could equally be making stories up as far as I know. There are few TV / News stations I believe and those usually work on their own and they pursue important matters instead of covering everything.
Posted by Makefort on 06-06-2017
Social media has become a place people get information about current events and about almost anything. Often, many people find Facebook THE social media they can trust, and others they cannot.

When a media scoop is passed around, it's our duty as intelligent individuals, to not get carried away easily and not start believing. We should ask a question: "How do you know that We shouldn't accept the claim of somebody ( or a group of somebodys shouting total authority) on a discussion thread just because he/she is saying something "interesting" from soundbites or from narratives, eloquently. Our goal is to find out how he/she knows what he/she is saying is true. We need to ask that person who's claiming authority on the matter about how does he know anything about what was in the mind or how deeply does he know about the, say, the President?

So, a person only heard the stuff from somebody in Facebook or from somebody else. Should we trust that person? When Facebook tells us things, we need to use our judgment in analyzing them whether they are reliable or unreliable.

Always ask, "How do you know that?" "Where did you hear that?"
Posted by ZevJabo on 06-06-2017
People who don't read more than once source for their news are to me quite small minded. I know someone who only reads one paper and she trusts what it says. I still like to read several versions so I can decide for myself, but the problem is some of the lesser sites use material from other sites so you see the same story rehashed.

I don't believe everything I see on Facebook because much of it is inaccurate when people post their opinions as fact. Often they are not and also shows how ignorant society actually is.
Posted by Alexa on 06-06-2017
People share items in Facebook blindly which means anything that goes viral doesn't mean it is believed by people. I have several colleagues who admitted that they click share on an item although they really haven't read everything. That is very clear to me that an item spreads not because it is believed. With CNN, it is a respectable network and its credibility is high. Facebook shares cannot be trusted especially now that fake news is on the rise. In fact, Facebook has a warning that spreading fake news can cause the suspension of one's account.
Posted by Corzhens on 06-06-2017
facebook does not produce news. Just like Google does not produces content but only shows links, facebook also shows link to various websites. facebook is not a news media. Everything that appears on facebook are from third party website. If you are reading news on facebook, then you are reading content shared bu other people or company. However, CNN is a news media. It has hundreds of thousands reporters worldwide. I trust CNN more than the random news appearing on facebook.
Posted by vinaya on 06-06-2017
I honestly don't trust Facebook because like all social medias they just want to start controversy and make false statements. Facebook is not a news media but simply gets their information from links. CNN is a praiseworthy show and has been throughout the years. Furthermore I would absolutely trust CNN over Facebook.
Posted by vlad on 06-07-2017
I do not believe Facebook over CNN for news. Anyone could post news on Facebook, and call it legitimate. It may just be a "fake" story. Facebook doesn't have time to monitor every story that comes into their newsroom. They just can't do it.
Posted by kgord on 06-07-2017
Golden Geek
I believe the vast majority of people believe CNN over Facebook. However, older people are more vulnerable to scam articles/"fake news" and are likely to buy into Facebook clickbait. Sometimes I'll look at a clickbait article that's obviously fake on Facebook and wonder "Who is buying into this stuff?" But then I'll look into the comments and find it's mostly elderly people.
Posted by Golden Geek on 06-08-2017
People receive news first and foremost of course from the social media that they use. If they use facebook, then they'll get some informations provided by either facebook or some random person that spreads fake news. But I'm pretty sure if they were to see a CNN news that have a different story with the one spread on facebook, then they'll believe the one from CNN since it's way more detailed and is verified.
Posted by ValX on 06-08-2017
Well, Facebook itself is not a medium, therefore we cannot compare CNN with Facebook. People only share different articles on Facebook from different media sources. People might believe other media more than CNN, read it and thus Facebook algorithm shows them more articles in their News feed from sources they read or trust the most.
Posted by Mole on 06-14-2017
Lately I have noticed my local news, on their Facebook page even posts click bait stuff. Catchy titles and when you click, it is not even important news. Or, they will tell you a breaking news then say, stay tuned until a certain time to be updated. It is very annoying! Facebook is also not reliable source. It is hard to know what is credible!
Posted by simplym on 06-14-2017
I know people believe whatever you tell them sometimes because they are too lazy to check the source or they believe anything that confirms what they have already been thinking. It requires time and being open if you want to get to the real news and find sources you can trust. Using Facebook for sharing fake news is an abomination.
Posted by reginafalange on 07-26-2017
I've decided not to go to Facebook and CNN for news. NOT EVER. I have bookmaked my regular news outlets, pages and individuals I decided to read, watch and hear every day. Because I know their integrity, consistency and reliability in telling the truth.
Posted by ZevJabo on 08-17-2017
i believe that to get the most accurate news around the world live and fast then people should tune in to CNN news instead of relying on face book. The founder of Facebook didn't place news as the main foundation of face book instead it was for people around the whole world to connect and make friends with others and to connect with former friends and even family members. You might get news from face book but i don't think it will be as rich as a television channel that is dedicated to news only for every 24 hours of the day.
Posted by babyright on 08-18-2017
I think it really depends on the people because some people don't immediately believe on facebook post because it might be a false news so they prefer cnn news. but there are some people who really rely on facebook post updates and that is not good it. for me i don't believe all facebook post some post are fake or hoax so its better to go for a legit site. or watch cnn news.
Posted by tophew on 09-09-2017
Most people have account in facebook so many new article true and fake news. People now really like to read what is written in Facebook some people really believe some are not. CNN give true information but not all people watch CNN like me I barely watch CNN. I’m always online in facebook so tendency I would rather scroll and read some news in facebook. Social media has great influence now regarding news and what’s going on in our world it is up to a person if he will believe or not.
Posted by honeybabe on 10-05-2017
I rely on the proper news channel and I guess the majority of us knows that some information published on Facebook is not real. Very often the news is posted on Facebook by people who are not experienced in the subject matter and they have not done any research. Moreover, there are some people who publish those fake news for fun. As for CNN, they undertake deep research before broadcasting their news. They get their information from reliable sources.
Posted by Pixie on 01-10-2018
No way! I've learned this on a hard way, specially with my old father. He believes in everything he sees on Facebook, and I'm about to shot down his account because of it. Social media can be nice, but honestly, it has brought so much problems, mostly on young ones. Modern youth feels socially pressured by these social accounts, and older people have become victims of delinquents that use them for cheating and stealing. When it comes to news, nothing like a reliable source, like a serious TV network, or newspaper, or radio, but not social media for me.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-01-2018
The social media has a menace called fake news which are annoying and damaging in case you believe. There was once a post that I thought was true that we even made plans already but later on we found out that it was fake news. Now I have learned my lesson not to believe in posts at once. For serious matters like the death of a celebrity it is better to validate it in the newspapers.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-10-2018
Well, alot of people do believe fake news because they are more into social medias than on news. But I can't really put the blame on them. A lot of news companies tend to take sides when presenting news, presenting news as though they were in a drama. A lot of networks are sources of fake news though they don't seem so.
Posted by emiaj55 on 11-27-2018