There’s fake news, and there’s below the belt fake news.
As a satire writer (Adobo Chronicles), I do include fiction in my “news stories.” But there are disclaimers all over my satire site to warn my readers that not everything they read is factual. The site thrives on a humorous take on factual happenings.
“Adobo” is a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar; Adobo Chronicles is a mixture of fact and fiction.
But there are a few things that I would never include in my posts. Among them, fake deaths and fake stories about unfortunate situations that befall people. Like HIV/AIDS.
Recently, there were posts about the supposed death of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos due to cardiac arrest, and about Sharon Cuneta admitting to her being HIV positive.
Both fake posts need to be condemned. And shame on those who knowingly share the fakery on their social media accounts — regardless of their political leanings.
And for those who are gullible to believe that what they’re reading and sharing is factual, there’s Google to check what’s factual and what’s not.
Let’s not be too eager to press that ‘send’ or ‘share’ button.
Just think about being the subject of fakery. How would you feel?