TAMING FAKE NEWS
Americans almost universally agree that “fake news” is counterproductive: 88 percent say the potentially dangerous phenomena is causing public confusion reports a new Pew Research Center survey.
“If the spread of fake news is a problem, who bears responsibility for addressing it? In the month since the presidential election, social networking sites and search engines have taken steps to address the issue. And there have been calls for the government and the public itself to take action as well,” the poll reports.
“Americans collectively assign a fairly high and roughly equal amount of responsibility to all three of these groups. Fully 45 percent say government, politicians and elected officials have a great deal of responsibility, roughly equal to the proportion who say a great deal of responsibility lies with members of the public (43 percent) and with social networking sites and search engines (42 percent).”