Facebook and the general public must take responsibility for the rise of 'fake news'.
Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor for the Irish Independent, feels that Facebook must be held accountable for the spread of false stories, but the public must be wary as well.
"We are in a digital age and unfortunately we are ourselves going to have to take some responsibility for the stuff we share online without thinking."
The social media platform has more than 2.4 million Irish users and 'fake news' that is posted online has made it difficult to differentiate between what is or isn't legitimate.
"It has been emphasised really over the last year and a half starting with the issues over false news narratives with the election of Donald Trump in the US. We've seen some examples in relation to Brexit as well."
"People share things without checking the origin of it first. They don't look to make sure that what they are sharing on their timeline is legitimate."
Arguments have been made why should we all have to be news experts and try and decide what is/isn't real news, but Weckler feels Facebook need to manage what is published.
"How far should Facebook go in making sure that articles that are presented as news on its platform are in fact from verified sources?"
"There is a certain onus on you and me and people who use Facebook, not to spread stupid stories that are obviously fake. There are so many of these that we see every day and every week."
We are now living in social media age. Facebook and Twitter, as well as other platforms are both the present and future of our society.
That's why, according to Adrian Weckler, we need to be cautious of what we see, read and share online.