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Techniques of 19th-century fake news reporter teach us why we fall for it today

Techniques of 19th-century fake news reporter teach us why we fall for it today

Donald Trump appears to have a straightforward definition of fake news: Stories that are critical of him or his presidency are “fake,” while those that praise him are “real.” On the surface, the logic doesn’t hold up. But at the same time, the way Trump thinks about fake news points to a key reason why […] … learn more→

Africa has a long history of fake news after years of living with non-truth

Africa has a long history of fake news after years of living with non-truth

US President Donald Trump’s election and his disdain for the mainstream media has been seen by some as the triumph of post-truth politics. Post-truth politics is a culture in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Not only is Trump deliberately picking wars with America’s […] … learn more→

Growing partisanship fuels fake news – but we can stop its spread

Growing partisanship fuels fake news – but we can stop its spread

The challenge of fake news is well articulated in this quote from Abraham Lincoln. More and more, individuals get their news on societal issues via social media platforms and without the vetting process that previously characterised leading news outlets. This shift was made clear when a study by Buzzfeed found that fake news was posted […] … learn more→

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 – the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States.” What would be some likely scenarios? The social media noise machine explodes; conservative […] … learn more→

Fake news: the solution is education, not regulation

Fake news: the solution is education, not regulation

After Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the BBC ran a quiz asking readers to distinguish fake news stories from real ones. They asked, for example, which of these widely reported stories was an actual event: Putin issues international arrest warrant for George Soros Black Lives Matter thug protests President Trump with selfie…accidentally […] … learn more→

‘Fake news’ – why people believe it and what can be done to counter it

‘Fake news’ – why people believe it and what can be done to counter it

Barack Obama believes “fake news” is a threat to democracy. The outgoing US president said he was worried about the way that “so much active misinformation” can be “packaged very well” and presented as fact on people’s social media feeds. He told a recent conference in Germany: If we are not serious about facts and […] … learn more→

Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news

Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news

In the wake of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, many questions have been raised about Facebook’s role in the promotion of inaccurate and highly partisan information during the presidential race and whether this fake news influenced the election’s outcome. A few have downplayed Facebook’s impact, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said that it is “extremely unlikely” […] … learn more→