If you haven’t heard the term “fake news” yet, please come out from under that rock and join the rest of us. As for the rest, you will no doubt be aware that fake news has been linked to extremist politics, social division, mob violence, and crime.
As writers, we know the power of words. That’s why I’m sharing some interesting news on fake news and the moves against it, courtesy of Mike Elgan and Computer World.
Who’s to blame?
Old people. No, seriously. A new study found that Facebook users over the age of 65 are far more likely to share fake news than younger users. The reasons for this include a lack of digital media literacy by people who didn’t grow up with the internet and age-related cognitive decline.
China’s WeChat found similar results on that network and also concluded that country folk are more likely to share…
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Note that — ironically — the post linked to (by Mike Elgan @ computerworld.com ) completely takes over the browser window… not allowing the user to read the article. #FAIL 😦
Many thanks for sharing! I didn’t notice the problem you mention on Mike’s list, just a big notice concerning privacy. I accepted his cookies and that was that; I was able to read the post just fine after that.
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Thanks for the clarification — I think maybe I was reading on my smartphone, and so maybe I decided just to close it.