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The rise of fake news

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Hilary Young and Jula Hughes

Disinformation is nothing new, but technology has made the ancient problem of “fake news” especially pernicious. It has become a hot topic since it emerged that people were spreading false news stories about candidates in the 2016 U.S. election.

In an Internet environment where people live in “filter bubbles,” contrary views are rarely discussed and there is a lack of fact-checking and editorial judgment, fake news is more likely to spread and be believed.

The question is: what can be done about it? Specifically, what can...