Social Media and Fake News

Nice article in Vox – “Social media is rotting democracy from within.” Social media is a delivery system for disinformation. People are targeted for fake news. Those targeted accept it rarely check with traditional media – having been led to believe that traditional media is full of fake news. About the only place where social media serves a useful purpose is in countries in which the government controls the traditional media. Then even unreliable news on social media can be a valuable supplement to official disinformation.


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