Fake news, or in other words hoax news, states
propaganda or false information distributed under the appearance of being
reliable news. The objectives of this study are to identify how fake news
affected our lives and what initiatives were taken to minimize the negative
impacts of fake news. Moreover, we aim to inform the readers of the penalties
set by the UAE government to prevent the spread of fake news on social media.
For the issue of fake news in the age of social media, the theory that is used
to address it, is Shannon Weaver Model. The methodology chosen is a combined
methods (both quantitative and qualitative) approach. The website used to get
the responses is: ‘’Survey Monkey’’ where people were asked questions about
their understanding on the topic. Around 200 participants participated in our
research. At the end of our research we could assess how people perceive fake
news in the age of social media.