TAMING FAKE NEWS

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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).”

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