While fake news can influence elections the regular main stream news can be equally untrustworthy. The elections here in the US has proven that. Most of the companies that reported the news donated to the Clinton campaign and attack after attack has been broadcast against Trump while they gave "approved" questions and favored Clinton in their reporting. This is a disgrace. The news should be reporting truth.
Yes, fake news can influence an election and some other events. I didn’t realize how many (non-jokester type) fake news sites were out there. They could affect elections because people could hear false negative information about a candidate and then not vote for that person. Some people only get their news on the Internet, so what they read on there is crucial.
Yes, fake news has the capacity to influence election results. Individuals tend to listen to publicity and popular opinion or gossip. They don't really focus on issues or platforms. A fake news story could spread quickly on social media and influence voters who are not really aware of what's going on.
Today, information is more available than it ever has been. Gone are the days when people huddled around their television sets between 6 and 7 p.m. in order to hear the news of the day. A person can get all kinds of information about multiple viewpoints today. There is no reason to control the media.