Surely the Truth Should Be an Essential Part of Our Democracy

A new Ipsos/BuzzFeed poll finds that fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time. The survey also found that people who cite Facebook as a major source of news are more likely to view fake news headlines as accurate than those who rely less on the platform for news.

NPR has a similar story:

We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here’s What We Learned.

Jestin Coler [the fake-news creator] was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot. “What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food stamps to buy marijuana based on something that had just never happened,” Coler says.

 

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