Problem is way bigger than fake news

Sheera Frenkel on how Facebook spreads fake news and anti-Muslim views in Myanmar. Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news: Algorithmic media consumption leaves readers lost at sea. Facebook considering ways to combat fake news, Mark Zuckerberg says. If fake news wasn’t on Facebook, people would find it somewhere else: People no longer agree on what high-quality news is. Fake news isn’t the problem: The appetite for false news stories in 2016 was driven by mainstream Republicans looking to justify a vote for Donald Trump. According to Snopes, fake news is not the problem: Take it from the internet’s chief myth busters — the problem is the failing media.

Fixation on fake news overshadows waning trust in real reporting. Sapna Maheshwari on how fake news goes viral: A case study. Fake news in U.S. election? Elsewhere, that’s nothing new. A call for cooperation against fake news. The trickle down effect of post-truth and lies: A tyranny of falsehood is coming to America. The dangers of crying wolf with “post-truth”.