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2.0 Describe the Hoax and the people involved.
3.0 Explain and provide evidence for how it spread.
4.0 Explain and provide evidence of how and why it was – or was not – proved false.
Hoax indicates the fake news that is very dangerous for society. This research paper explains the concept of Hoax and mentions the people who were involved in the Hoax. Then, this research mentions the evidence of the process of spreading the hoax. Finally, this paper explains and mentions evidence of proved false of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
2.0 Describe the Hoax and the people involved
According to Kennedy (2016), a Hoax is a trick, deceive and false news by which people can be confused. In 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen at the age of 25. At present, the age of Queen Elizabeth II is 92. On 29 December of 2016, the hashtag #mediablackout has reached everywhere on Twitter and spared the rumor of the death of Queen Elizabeth II (Trend Desk, 2016). This hoax has spread on several social media by using fake accounts. In the initial stage, most of the people were believed this false news. The reason behind the hoax was the ill and weakness of Queen Elizabeth and the high age. The man behind the account tweets mostly about football and everyday life.
He has since told Trending that he was merely repeating a rumor that his wife first saw in a Facebook post (Kennedy, 2016). The fake person was the main person who firstly spread this fake news to all. After that, the electronic media including BBC also involved spreading false news because this media was sharing this news without any investigation (BBC Trending, 2017). For this reason, the people and the media were involved in the sharing process of false news of Queen Elizabeth II. According to Kennedy (2016), the hoax was affected the smooth life of Queen Elizabeth II because she was a victim of false news that affected her mental health.
3.0 Explain and provide evidence for how it spread
Steven (2017) stated that Hoax can be spread by primary, secondary, and tertiary sources that can be credited to the people. In the case of Queen Elizabeth II’s death hoax, firstly this news was spreading on Twitter. A fake Twitter account had provided a tweet of false news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II (Steven, 2017). After that, the other social media has covered this fake news and shared the news on the social media platform. The BBC news was also publishing a report on the death of Queen Elizabeth II (Price, 2019).
The primary sources of spreading fake news include social media. The secondary sources of spreading fake news include news portals and television. The combined news publishing in the primary, secondary, and tertiary sources is the main reason for believing in fake news (Steven, 2017). Only one source of news can’t be enough to believe fake news. But in the case of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, primarily the death news was spreading on Twitter by a fake person who revealed that the news was collected from the Facebook page. Then, secondarily this news was published in the BBC and other electronic media.
At the tertiary level, this news was spreading whole over the world and created the believed condition of the death of Queen Elizabeth II (Steven, 2017). The news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death was spreading in several credible sources because most of the print and electronic media were covered this news although this news was fake. Firstly, the primary sources could not be credible because social media has different fake news (Steven, 2017). However, when the news was telecast in the largest print and electronic media, these sources have to be believed by the people.
4.0 Explain and provide evidence of how and why it was – or was not – proved false
After publishing the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, it was very bad news for all. Queen Elizabeth II was falling under the victim of a hoax from a fake Twitter account (Trend Desk, 2016). After that, most people believe the news and share their shocking feelings on social media platforms. When Queen Elizabeth II heard this news, she was also shocked and invited to all electronic media and print media about her aliveness (Forst, 2019).
Additionally, Queen Elizabeth II was also tweeted on her Twitter account about the false news and said that she was ill but still alive (Trend Desk, 2016). After this, the Twitter authority boost the message of Queen Elizabeth II to the users and several social media was spreading the post that the news of Queen Elizabeth II death was false (BBC Trending, 2017). Most of the people feel good and believed this right news and it was proved as true.
However, some people still were confused to believe the accurate news because they were confused about the people as well as sources that exposed the truth of false news. The BBC and other electronic media have also published the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II as false news towards the world people (BBC Trending, 2017). By the combined efforts of social media and print and electronic media were able to prove the liveliness of Queen Elizabeth II. Finally, Queen Elizabeth II was free from being a victim of fake news.
In conclusion, Hoax has a serious impact on society as well as the whole country. It has been noticed that the Hoax of Queen Elizabeth II was serious false news that was speeding from Twitter. A fake Twitter account was involved in this Hoax. Then, this fake news was spreading through primary, secondary and tertiary sources. Finally, the false news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death was proved to be false through the speech of Queen Elizabeth II in print and electronic media.