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Why fake news is a tech problem

Mike Elgan | Jan. 30, 2017
With fake news wrecking everything, Silicon Valley is our last hope.

Recently, a series of analyses found that fake news didn't determine the outcome of the recent election, and therefore we shouldn't worry about fake news. But who wants to live in a backwards world where people believe journalism is false while propaganda, conspiracy theories and fake news are truth; where scientific research is considered political, but claims by politicians about science are not?

It's time for Google, Facebook and Twitter to get serious. Fake news can and must be identified, banned, deprioritized, labeled or otherwise disempowered.

The only thing that can save us from the scourge of fake news and "disinformatzya" is Silicon Valley.

 

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