Two nights ago my phone started beeping and ringing bells so I had a glance, the way you do, and it was telling me there was a big revelation about Huma Abedin, Clinton’s aide and how she’d turned snitch and sold the Democratic candidate out. The ‘story’ was being carried by YouTube and the ‘news’ supplier, it turned out, was one of the alt-right channels that could turn a rumour into bible gospel. I wasn’t surprised. It’s become commonplace these days and that’s frightening.read more

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One thought on “Media’s Next Challenge: Overcoming the Threat of Fake News

  1. Jerome K Jerome (of Three Men In A Boat fame), in his book The Diary of a Pilgrimage has the following lines:
    “But it says in the travel guide,”
    “It says in the travel guide!! You’ll be believing a newspaper next!!”
    (Published 1891)

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