Subhed: “An exclusive Ipsos poll conducted for BuzzFeed News found that 75 per cent of American adults who were familiar with a fake news headline viewed the story as accurate.”
Snapchat doesn’t have the audience reach of Facebook (although it’s bigger than Twitter), but it does have certain key advantages when it comes to keeping fake news off its app.
TVO’s The Agenda had a good discussion on this topic with three academics (two American), a former Globe and Mail editor and the founding editor of Buzzfeed Canada, Craig Silverman. If you’re interested in the current journalistic fad of fake news, it’s worth watching.
From the headline on the Intercept_: “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group.”
From the NYT tweet: “How one tweet from a 35-year-old with 40 followers started a nationwide conspiracy theory about anti-Trump protests.”
Lede: “The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.”
Contrarian columnist Jack Shafer thinks we need to ease the moral panic over fake news. For one thing, he believes some of the cures may end up worse than the disease.
The creators of LibertyWritersNews.com know their audience loves U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and hates President Barack Obama. So they give them what they want.
Columnist Tabatha Southey said what made the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign a post-truth election is that people were indifferent to whether they were being lied to or not. In any event, fighting fake news on a platform like Facebook is more difficult than it seems.
John Herrman wrote that the cry of “fake news” may well start to bite into real journalism as well, as people use it to tag any journalistic error.